Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2020) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement about the Education Department’s release of application and processing guidance for federal CARES Act funding to states and school districts.
“Schools are a vital part of our nation’s response to this pandemic, meeting students’ most basic needs from meals to childcare, and offering robust learning opportunities to all students remotely. We appreciate the U.S. Department of Education creating a streamlined application and approval process for states to access the critical CARES Act funding in a timely manner and ensuring state and local leaders have the flexibility they need to best support students and teachers,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “We are grateful to Secretary DeVos and members of her team for sharing this information with state chiefs first and look forward to a continued partnership as we work toward the common goal of meeting children’s needs during this unprecedented crisis.”
A readout of the CCSSO-organized call between Secretary DeVos, department officials and state chiefs is available here.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
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