Call Your State Legislator Today
This past week the $1.9 trillion federal American Rescue Plan was passed, which will provide coronavirus relief for schools and an unprecedented infusion of federal aid for K-12 education to ensure students and educators can return to the classroom safely and recover academically.
Virginia is expected to receive $2.1 billion for education ($1,633.41 per pupil) allocated through ESSER and $3.8 billion from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.
While ESSER III funds will be targeted to support safe in-person reopening and learning remediation, the $3.8 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds is discretionary and was NOT allocated in the recent General Assembly budget. It's expected that the General Assembly will meet in the coming weeks to allocate funding.
Virginia’s dilapidated and outdated school infrastructure impacts student achievement and health, teacher retention, school overhead costs, and local property values. In Virginia, state capital spending on schools declined by 33% between 2008 and 2016 with state funding paying on average only 20% of the maintenance and capital costs for school buildings.
The Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund provides a unique opportunity for state lawmakers to modernize our schools, shift to cleaner energy, and use one-time money in a way that will pay long-term dividends by improving the health and safety of our schools, modernizing schools to support 21st century learning and jump-starting our economy with construction jobs.
We urge you to contact your state legislator.
Ask that federal fiscal recovery funds be allocated to school infrastructure including building modernization, broadband expansion and electric buses.