Federal Flash: What’s Missing from House Democrats’ Latest Coronavirus Bill? A Lot!

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May 14, 2020 02:00 pm

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In today’s bonus episode of the Federal Flash, we’ll summarize what is, and is not, included in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion coronavirus relief proposal. We’ll also discuss the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) final Title IX regulations.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash

Closing the Homework Gap: Questions from Superintendents to the Federal Communications Commission

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May 14, 2020 11:25 am

It’s no secret that the current global pandemic has completely derailed many aspects of everyday life. We’re all living it. Some of the things we’ve taken for granted, from social interactions with friends, to gathering at a place of worship, to attending a local sporting event, have come to a standstill. Statewide shutdowns also have forced educators to redefine their practice, some literally overnight. For students, cancelled sports seasons and proms, postponed graduations, and the loss of instructional time and social interactions, have become their new normal. For all Americans, many facets of everyday life as we’ve known them have been completely altered. Yet, in the midst of such a drastic paradigm shift, there are some things that remain exactly the same.

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coronavirus, Digital Equity, E-Rate, Equity, Federal Communications Commission, Future Ready

Federal Flash: Secretary DeVos Steers Federal Funds to Private Schools While Senators Take Action to Close the Homework Gap

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May 13, 2020 10:06 am

In today’s Federal Flash, we have updates on three coronavirus-related issues: (1) legislation to support home internet access and close the homework gap during the pandemic; (2) a House Education Committee briefing on remote learning and education equity; and (3) new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on equitable services and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Two topics we won’t cover in this edition are the final Title IX regulations released by ED and House Democrats’ new $3 trillion proposed coronavirus relief package. Because there’s been so much news this week, we’ll cover those topics in a second, bonus edition of the Flash this week.

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coronavirus, Digital Equity, Federal Flash