The Need for Federal Investment in K-12 Public Schools Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ensuring a Quality Education for Every Child Web Series

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How should the federal government increase its investments in education and better target those investments to support public schools, especially as they face the economic hardships caused by COVID-19?

Despite the importance of every child having access to a high-quality education, chronic disinvestment in education across the country has left schools without adequate funding for updated instructional materials, sufficient student supports, and competitive salaries for educators. Additionally, a heavy reliance on state and local revenue for public education has resulted in deep inequities in funding levels among states, districts, and schools. These funding gaps are exacerbated by economic events such as the Great Recession or the impending recession as a result of COVID-19. As an actor uniquely positioned to provide stable and targeted investment, the federal government must take a bigger role in providing funding for K-12 schools.

Please join the Center for American Progress to discuss the need for greater and more targeted federal investment in education. A panel of experts will discuss how the federal government can increase investment in education; how funding could be targeted to ensure equity; and what steps federal policymakers can take to support schools in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic and throughout recovery in subsequent years.

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This event is part of an online series exploring the five key issue areas that a new public education agenda should include. Each week, experts from across the education field will discuss how educators are adjusting to virtual schooling, the history of the federal government’s role in providing equal access to high-quality and equitable education to all students, preparing students for the future of work, what charter policy could look like in the future that puts equity at the forefront, and the need for greater and more targeted federal investment in education.

Jessica Fauntleroy, Acting Chairperson, Parent and Community Advisory Board, Baltimore City Schools
Emily Laidlaw, Policy Director, Governor Whitmer (MI)
Cortez Moss, Founder & Owner, ALL Means ALL Consulting, LLC
Scott Sargrad, Vice President, K-12 Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Laura Jimenez, Director of Standards and Accountability, K-12 Education Policy, Center for American Progress