Scott to Host Virtual Roundtable with Local Educators to Discuss School Reopenings

July 17, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On July 17th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will host a virtual roundtable with educators and administrators from Virginia’s Third Congressional District. The purpose of this roundtable will be to discuss plans to safely re-open schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant strain on our education system as states and localities are working tirelessly to maintain access to education in a way that does not endanger students, school staff, and their families. 

Two months ago, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a robust legislative package to adequately respond to the continued spread of COVID-19. The Heroes Act would dedicate nearly $1 trillion in emergency relief to help states and local governments avert devastating cuts, particularly to education, public safety, and basic services. It also delivers $100 billion in direct education funding to address the unique challenges created by the pandemic. 

And earlier this month, the House passed the Moving Forward Act which included major provisions from Congressman Scott’s Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act. Right now, very few school districts have the necessary resources to be ready to reopen this fall. The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act will invest $130 billion to repairing school buildings, with priority given to high-poverty school facilities that put the health of students and staff most at risk. These investments will help schools reopen safely, while also creating more than 2 million good-paying jobs over the next five years at a time when our nation faces historic rates of unemployment.