Posted Date: 04/29/2020
Oklahoma school superintendents warning Congress of "educational catastrophe" without more coronavirus relief
Superintendents of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City school districts are among school leaders from across the United States urging Congress to take further action to help avoid an “educational catastrophe” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter sent Tuesday from the Council of the Great City Schools says “dark clouds are forming on the educational horizon that will spell disaster if Congress does not intervene” and send tens of billions more in federal funding to local school systems in the next coronavirus supplemental appropriations bill.
“Significant revenue shortfalls are looming for local school districts that will exacerbate the disruption students have already faced,” states the letter, signed by 62 urban school district superintendents from Los Angeles to New York City, and Miami to Seattle, and the largest cities in between. “Some 40 to 50% of school district revenues, in fact, come from local sources that are expected to drop precipitously in the months ahead.
At a bigger risk than even teachers are bus drivers. It was hard to find enough drivers before Covid and their average age is about 60. https://t.co/sBQOh3aGus— Stacey Roemerman (@StaceyRman) April 29, 2020