Congressional stalemate leaves school districts in funding limbo

WASHINGTON — When Congress left town Thursday without an agreement on new coronavirus relief legislation, they also left cash-strapped school districts around the country to begin a chaotic school year with little hope for more funding until at least after Labor Day.

President Donald Trump has been pushing for schools across the country to open despite the lack of clear direction on how to do that — the administration just this week released a ‘fact sheet’ instructing schools to “reopen safely.”

The administration insists in negotiations with Democrats that schools that reopen should get more money than schools that teach kids virtually, according to the HEALS Act, the Republican proposal for the next phase of relief.

But educators say regardless of their reopening plans — whether they be in-person, online or hybrid — costs are adding up fast.

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