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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Federal education funding still in limbo days before Alberta back-to-school



a person wearing a purple shirt: Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.


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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.

There is still no timeline for when school authorities will be able to access Alberta’s share of the $2 billion in federal funding pledged last week to support provincial school reopening plans.

The Alberta government said it had not yet received any of its $262.8 million cut of the funding announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with school districts in the province only days away from welcoming back students for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given that the funding was suddenly announced on Tuesday, officials are still working out details on how this funding will be distributed to Alberta’s school authorities,” said Colin Aitchison, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, in a statement.

“At this point I cannot give a timeline as we have not received the

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