This is not the time to short change public education

Every parent in the United States knows—without question—that education is one of the areas most disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. And many of us realize that while the disruption has negative impacts on all students, some students are experiencing more—and more lasting—negative impacts than others.

As Congress considers the next in a series of bills intended to provide economic relief to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, we must work to ensure that it provides adequate support to k-12 students. If you add up what’s been provided by the first three bills, Congress is still falling far short of meeting the needs of our students. So far what Congress has provided so far—$13.5 billion—is more than $200 BILLION less than what some experts say public education will need to fully recover.

What's even more disheartening is that no legislation under consideration guarantees fair funding for charter schools. Many of the nation's most vulnerable students attend charter schools. Even before the pandemic, these students were short-changed because charter schools, on average, only receive 83 percent of the funding district schools received. The Senate must level the playing field in the next bill.

This is not the time to shortchange public education. This is not the time to shortchange the students who need Congress the most. And it is certainly not the time to shortchange charter schools.

Contact your Senator to make sure they don't forget what's at stake.