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:

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

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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