Status Update on Federal Funding for Schools

Status Update on Federal Funding for Schools – stimulus and FY21 fund

On Friday August 7th, Congressional negotiators failed to reach an agreement on the next stimulus package. Discussions continue between House and Senate leadership as well as the White House. Unfortunately, no deal has been made.  

It is critical to get something passed in the short amount of time Congress will be in session in September. And nowhere is this funding more critical than in the education space.  As SIIA staff continue to push for a new stimulus bill in September, here’s a look at where funding currently stands:

CARES Act

Status: Signed into law this spring

SIIA summary on GEER funds (members only).

 

Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act)

Status: Passed House

Official Text

Appropriations Committee Release and Summaries

 

Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act (HEALS Act)

Status: Referred to Committees

Summary from Senate Republican Policy Committee

 

Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act

Status: Referred to committee

Official Text

Press Release

Summary

 

Executive Orders

The President announced a number of executive orders over in early August, including one concerning student loans.

 

FY21 Funding

The government is funded through the end of October and Congress has not yet passed appropriations for the upcoming year. The House passed a number of bills in July (summary) but the Senate has not yet passed anything.

For information on how to get more detailed analysis and stay up-to-date on the status of education funding bills, please contact SIIA’s Senior Director of Education Policy, Sara Kloek.


 

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