Including a Maintenance of Equity Requirement in Any New COVID-19 Relief Package
Led by the Education Trust, this letter urges House and Senate leadership in education committees and subcommittees to include a maintenance of equity requirement in any federal relief package in order to ensure that students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and educators of color do not shoulder a disproportionate share of cuts in state and local education spending. A maintenance of equity provision would do this by requiring states and districts that receive federal funds to protect their highest-need districts from cuts to per-pupil funding and staffing cuts or freezes that are greater than average. Additionally, states and districts would have to publicly report on any staffing cuts, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
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