CARES Act Funding & Equitable Services

 

Public Education Partners, along with coalition partners Richland County Public Education Partners, Spartanburg Academic Movement, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, SC Future Minds, and the Southern Education Foundation submitted a letter to South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman asking that she reject recent U.S. Department of Education (USED) guidance regarding federal CARES Act funding.

In essence, USED’s April 30 guidance directs local school districts to share money intended to support low-income students with private schools in disproportionate and unprecedented amounts. Said another way, wealthy private school students would benefit from dollars historically set aside for students from families experiencing poverty. 

As stated in the sign-on letter, “diverting resources from public schools at this critical moment would make the already enormous task of providing a minimally adequate education during a global pandemic more challenging.” Congress’s intent was to bolster public school districts’ best efforts to educate, feed, counsel, and care for those students most vulnerable to the pandemic’s impacts. 

Read the full letter to Superintendent Spearman here