Secretary Devos releases the declaration on the signing of the Covid Relief Package December 28, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, Press@ed.gov
  • Betsy Devos Secretary of Education published the following statement about the package signature of Relief of Covid:

    "was the past time for Congress to have reached a commitment that provides continuous relief to students and maintains the government funded through next fiscal year. While there are historical victories In this package, there are also some important problems that are not sold.

    "The financing of emergency taxpayers who have been reserved for the Education Stabilization Fund will continue to help track learning and hopefully take Excuses off the table for schools remaining closed s. I am pleased to see that Congress has finally recognized what this administration has said all: all students and all educators in all schools, private, parochial and public, are affected by this pandemic, and they all need and deserve support for PPE , Cleaning supplies, learning materials and more. And, through the Geer Fund, the governors remain empowered to do what is best for their students.

    "At the same time, Congress could not extend freedom and resources that individual students need to access the K-12 option of education that is adequate for them. In the end, Congress is He focused on systems instead of students. It took the same tired approach when students desperately need something new and different. School choice is now what students and parents need. Without that provision, students whose parents can no longer can Pay tuition at your private school, whose private school was forced to close, or that remain at the mercy of your school of closed government, stay behind once again. State-level education leaders should think creatively on how to use Your Education Stabilization Funds Assignments to support your most vulnerable students. In states that have already adopted these practices, tools such as scholarships, transport to distinian schools TAS assigned by the government, and educational resources at home are already making a difference in the lives of students.

    "At the level of higher education, I was discouraged to see the pause in Congress, which should occur in the next general to continue providing and improving high quality service to borrowers. However, This bill provides. To obtain additional financial grants to students affected by the pandemic. It also encodes the recommendation of the department that institutions prioritize students to receive these subsidies according to their level of need.

    "In addition, this bill is based on our efforts to make the federal aid process of students more friendly with the borrowers from the beginning, which rationalizes the FAFSA, so the Senator Alexander It deserves a great credit. And I am very happy to see Congress, finally, correctly in the 1994 crime bill, permanently restoring pee eligibility for imprisoned students. I have seen the transformative impact first-hand, the second chance, Pell, has had in the lives of people who are imprisoned, so I have continued urging and encouraging Congress to that the Experimental Program of the Department is permanent. This is a historical step, and I hope to see the second chance, Pell grants continue to change lives for better.

    "There are many crumpled proposals at this time regarding the student debt, so I was pleased to see that Congress adopted a sensible way of addressing the problem by expanding employers' ability to provide free payments from free Taxes of up to $ 5,250 of the federal student loans of an employee, including those taken before use. This provision will help students pay their debts. Faster and maintain engaged employers and reversed in what students should be successful, A victory for students and creators of ALI jobs

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