Schumer Pushes For $345B In Federal Funds To Help Schools Reopen Safely

Mack Rosenberg
July 12, 2020 - 1:47 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that schools don’t have enough funding to reopen safely in the fall—and he’s pushing a new plan for $345 billion in federal funding to help them.

Schumer said without federal funding to cover the massive cost of PPE, barriers, cleaning supplies and more, local budgets will be crushed.

“For the PPE, for the barriers, for the cleaning materials, to perhaps convert gyms and lunchrooms into classrooms so there's less crowdedness there,” Schumer said.

Schumer said local governments simply don’t have the resources to open safely. He said the costs would “badly drain local resources, making it much harder for New York City, Long island and suburban districts to open safely and ensure the collective protection of kids, teachers and staff."

The senator is proposing an addition to the “Corona-4” legislative package. It’s called the Coronavirus Childcare and Education Relief Act and includes $345 billion in federal funds; $175 billion for K-12, $132 billion for higher education and $33 billion for governors to allocate to hard-hit areas of their states.

Schumer said New York would receive a massive chunk of the cash.

President Donald Trump said last week that any school that doesn’t reopen shouldn’t get federal funding.

“For Donald Trump to say, ‘If they don't open, they're not going to get money’—They want to open. We all want them to open,” Schumer said. “They’ve got to open safely, and they need dollars to open safely. What they're saying would hurt our school kids, hurt our communities and hurt the national economy.”

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