Groups Urge LA to Use CARES Act Funding to Address Educational Inequities

Education advocates are urging state leaders in Louisiana to use the millions of dollars the state is receiving in federal emergency funding to eliminate education inequities and support children and families disproportionately affected by the covid-19 school closures.

The Louisiana Department of Education is set to receive nearly$287 million in education funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and at least 90 percent of those funds will go directly to local education agencies across the state. The law gives the state and districts significant discretion on how these funds are spent.

In a letter sent Friday to the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), the SPLC Action Fund, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR), and ten other groups that represent a diverse group of students, educators, families, and advocates from communities across Louisiana warned that without a strategic investment of resources, the pre-existing opportunity gap between students could widen during the pandemic.

 

 

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