***VIDEO FILE INCLUDED*** Rep. Lee Speaks on House Floor in Support of Bill Expanding Public Education Resources During COVID-19
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act. This bill would expand resources and academic support for distance learning for K-12 students and families.
The following is a transcript of Rep. Lee’s remarks:
“On behalf of the people of Nevada’s Third Congressional District, I rise today in support of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act.
“We are now over three weeks into the school year in my district, and it’s clear we need to do so much more as a country to support our students, parents, and schools.
“Whether it’s at-home or in-person learning, the pandemic is throwing challenges at our kids that make learning more difficult, and in some cases, nearly impossible.
“This isn’t just a struggle for students, but also for parents who are juggling work, while supervising remote learning for their kids.
“We can’t just ask parents to make the best of a bad situation. It should be on Congress to help our working families.
“Whether in a school building or a living room, we need to create a supportive, engaging environment for our students, while giving parents the flexibility to still work and provide for their families.
“That’s what this bill does.
“It will provide additional academic support for K-12 students by offering access to safe, supervised learning during the day, to take some weight off the shoulders of working parents.
“This will be done by bringing together schools, community organizations, nonprofits, local government, and afterschool providers to expand access to academic resources and create flexibility for families.
“I urge my colleagues to vote for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act, and give our students and parents the flexibility and the resources they need to make this school year count.”
BACKGROUND: Yesterday, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC)--which includes 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03)--unveiled its “March to Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.
Among other items, the proposal includes $145 billion in school and child care funding and $500.3 billion in state and local aid. The full framework can found here.
Making Public Education a National Priority
One of Rep. Lee’s top priorities in Congress has been public education, and increasing investment in both K-12 and higher education.
- In August 2020, Rep. Lee introduced the Communities Serving Schools Act, which would provide grants to state and local education agencies to invest in wrap-around school services that assist with the health, well-being, and stability of students outside of the classroom.
- Rep. Lee and the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive coronavirus relief package, the Heroes Act, on May 15th, over four months ago, which includes vital emergency funding for public education:
- $90 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund;
- Nearly $58 billion for K-12 schools to continue delivering instruction, including purchasing education technology and hotspot devices; and
- Nearly $27 billion to support public higher education, and more.
- Rep. Lee helped introduce the Rebuilding America’s Schools Act to invest in public school infrastructure, which included her amendment to address overcrowding in K-12 classrooms. Nevada leads the nation in regards to largest average class size.
- Rep. Lee and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) introduced the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act, which would fully fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a mandatory basis over the next 10 years.