California Challenges Federal Rule Diverting Coronavirus Relief To Private Schools

California Challenges Federal Rule Diverting Coronavirus Relief To Private Schools

"CARES Act dollars are created to provide support to schools in low-income areas, but Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration have a different plan", claimed the MI governor.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said it would divert almost $4.2 million "away from taxpayer-funded public schools in our poorest school districts to private institutions - in violation of the requirements established by Congress, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the U.S. Constitution". Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has joined a lawsuit filed by six other states, including California, Maine, New Mexico and Wisconsin. The attorneys general argue that DeVos' plan to fund private schools and impose restrictions on public schools' use of the money would exceed what Congress wanted.

The state Department of Education has been accepting public comment on reopening schools through an online survey accessible at its website. "There is nothing in the law Congress passed that would allow districts to discriminate against children and teachers based on private school attendance and employment". "Our administration is committed to working with Attorney General Nessel to stand up for Michigan's students, educators, and families to make sure our tax dollars are supporting public schools".

Becerra said it is not that private schools are ineligible for relief funds, but he said Congress called for those funds to be distributed on the basis of need. He said any struggling private schools could have applied for relief under the federal Paycheck Protection Program, another federal relief program aimed at helping businesses and nonprofits.

In Michigan, officials said the rule could cost public schools at least $16 million, including $2.6 million each in Detroit, the state's largest district, and Grand Rapids, where DeVos has roots.

"Students across the country have already fallen behind".

When Cavuto asked about the president threatening to cut aid for schools that don't reopen, DeVos said schools would be breaking their "promise" to schools by not reopening.

"This is enough to buy 63,694 Chromebooks for students at $259 per Chromebook, or to buy personal protective equipment for 33,944 students at $486 per student annually", Michael Rice said, according to the AP.

Nessel, with support from Governor Whitmer, filed as the State of MI a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, over the rule which requires local education agencies (LEAs) to choose between two methods for allocating CARES Act funds rather than distributing the money based on Title One, Part A allocations as required in the act.

Nessel's office said the U.S. Department of Education published an interim final rule on July 1 to "clarify" requirements for allocating CARES Act money to nonpublic schools.

Whether schools and colleges should open this fall and how has been a topic of growing debate as the coronavirus continues to surge in parts of the United States.

Later in the interview, DeVos told Carlson that "if nothing else, this whole coronavirus has made more and more parents aware of what's going on in their own children's schools - or what isn't going on".

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