This week, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued a letter to schools and districts explicitly stating that COVID-related stimulus funds can be used to support the workforce and address the serious teacher and staffing shortages nationwide.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced two new initiatives that will help state and local entities utilize American Rescue Plan funds to address the impact of lost instructional time on students’ social, emotional, mental, and academic well-being.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Maryland’s Frederick County Public Schools on discriminatory seclusion and restraint practices used against students with disabilities.
Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that keeps the federal government operating at Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 spending levels through February 18. Please join us in urging appropriators to finalize FY 2022 and maintain the proposed increases to IDEA.