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House Select COVID-19 Education Committee Discusses Challenges For 2020-21 School Year

House Select COVID-19 Education Committee Discusses Challenges For 2020-21 School Year

Education Working Group members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 met on Tuesday to discuss ongoing needs and challenges for public schools during the 2020-2021 school year, as well as the availability of remaining federal coronavirus relief funds. Representatives from the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shared their legislative requests and priorities in response to COVID-19, which mirrors many of the recommendations proposed by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA). Both groups have urged lawmakers to use a portion of the estimated $552.4M remaining in non-contingent federal coronavirus relief funds to make critical investments in statewide internet access, transportation needs, and personal protective equipment.