In case you missed it, Tyler Arnold with The Center Square reports that Kirk Cox is urging Virginia to use federal relief funds from COVID-19 to break down the resource disparity in education across the Commonwealth.
Republicans in both chambers of the General Assembly sponsored legislation that would have allocated some federal COVID-19 relief funds for this purpose, but the effort failed to get support from the Democratic majority.
The federal block grant program, which has $775 million allocated to it for fiscal year 2021, is used for a variety of programs, including housing, health care and employment programs. Trump’s executive order does not add additional funding to the program, but it lets states direct part of its funding to these scholarships.
“This summer Delegate Cox introduced the READ Fund to provide federal COVID-relief money to parents and students for virtual learning and educational resources like tutoring, technology, and internet access,” Kristen Bennett, the press secretary for Kirk Cox for Governor, told The Center Square.
“When schools close, the children that are already struggling get left even further behind and parents are left to pick up the slack all while trying to work full-time jobs,” Bennett said. “The READ Fund was a golden opportunity to provide additional resources and support for them during the pandemic, and we should absolutely continue to look for the best ways to support our students and parents during this challenging time while trying to safely reopen our schools.”
Bottom line: It is paramount that Virginia families have the access to educational resources they need during these difficult times so that no child gets left behind.