Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Fund the Schools and Teachers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still refusing to bring the HEROES Act to the Senate floor, keeping states, communities and schools in limbo without the resources they need to reopen safely. While the House Democrats have passed legislation to invest in public schools, universities, child care, school support staff, digital resources and more, McConnell and his colleagues in the GOP packed their bags, put up their out-of-office messages and left for summer vacation.
The HEROES Act contains $1 trillion in federal aid to fund essential services at the local level, including public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, and public hospitals. This funding would support the frontline workers in this pandemic, and it is critical to reopening our society safely. Our public schools, colleges and community hospitals desperately need this money. Without it, we will see thousands of layoffs and draconian cuts to essential services, and we won’t be able to reopen safely, as that will require more money and staff right now, not less.

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The funds in the HEROES Act will support the frontline heroes battling the pandemic. Our country’s schools, colleges, state and local services, and hospitals need these funds to keep these critical workers on the job. Without this assistance, essential public services and jobs will be cut just when they are needed most. There will be layoffs at the state and local levels, which will cripple our local economies and deepen the recession. We need these heroes on the frontlines, not on unemployment and food lines. The HEROES Act will help ensure this.
In unity,
Randi Weingarten
AFT President 
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