COVID-19, a virus that has killed 493,996 people after infecting 9,808,276 people worldwide. Although many countries have now taken the step to remove some of the restrictions imposed as a mitigation measure, the after-effects in each country that were much affected.
The US, which has 2,527,025 positive cases and 127,055 deaths above any other country, continues to experience an economic nightmare, which is reflected in a record-breaking unemployment rate. Many businesses, activities, and events across the county have been stopped for fear of this highly contagious virus.
The education sector is one of the areas that is severely affected by the virus. Many schools, including public and private schools, are closed.
While public schools receive some funding from the state, private schools are now getting the high end of this coronavirus.
But on Thursday it was good news for them when the education minister said that an urgent decision is needed and the policy is underway that calls on public schools across the US to increase COVID-19 aid funding with private schools at a higher rate than sharing the federal law usually requires.
The education secretary, Betsy DeVos, issued a new rue instructing the district schools to set it up aside from part of their help for private schools using a formula based on the total number of private students in the district.
However, public school officials have proposed another approach to the law that funds should be shared based on The number of low-income students in private schools that contradicted their total number of enrollment.
Although this is the direction in which the funds are distributed to public schools, DeVos said that the funds are separate from other state aid and should support all students.
He said that nothing in Congress has been passed to let districts to discriminate children and teachers based on attendance and enrollment at private schools.
The difference between these two approaches to allocating funds is millions of dollars. If we take an example for Louisiana, private schools are estimated to be at least 267%.
The Ministry of Education has issued the rule through the process that is normally used in emergencies and immediately gives rule the power of the law.
DeVos, a long-time private school supporter who has campaigned for school choice throughout her career, said that urgent action is needed after dozens of private schools have been closed due to the current world pandemic.
Since last year the education secretary has been pushing for a plan to provide tax reliefs for scholarships to students in private schools and other educational opportunities.
And on Tuesday, DeVos, along with the vice president Mike Pence, advertised the plan during an event at the school in Wisconsin, but the plan has yet to be implemented in Congress.
Democrats and public school officials have deferred with the rule. Many said that private schools will have a disproportionate amount of aid.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Bobby Scott, urged the Secretary of Education to withdraw the new rule and comply with the law passed in Congress.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.