Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Ron Wright (R-TX)
December 21, 2020
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX) joined a letter led by Reps. Banks (R-IN) and Tiffany (R-WI) requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on how states and school districts have used federal CARES Act funding to reopen elementary and secondary schools:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to American education. Many of the nation’s school districts have been closed to in-person learning since the spring and some school districts have not announced any plan or timeline for reopening in 2021. Millions of American children have not been in a classroom since the spring. A recent report from NWEA demonstrated that significant learning loss has already occurred. That report also pointed out that initial data could be understating learning loss because of missing data from some of our nation’s most vulnerable students,” said the Members of Congress.
“Congress and the American people want assurances that funds are being used to address the urgent need to reopen schools and support remote learning while schools are closed.”
In March, Congress provided more than $16 billion in emergency funding for education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The Department of Education recently launched a portal to provide better transparency related to how states and school districts are using these resources. This report will provide additional details about the information contained in this portal and the extent to which states and school districts have used these taxpayer funds to safely reopen schools.
Read the full letter below, or read it online here.