Secretary of Education Responds to COVID Relief

Applauds funding for education and Second Chance Pell grants.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement regarding the signing of the COVID relief package this past week. She expressed gratitude for the good the bill will do students, though she highlighted some of the needs it does not address.

Secretary Devos stated, “The emergency taxpayer funding set aside for the Education Stabilization Fund will continue to help keep learning going and will hopefully take excuses off the table for schools that remain closed. … All students and all educators at all schools — private, parochial, and public — are affected by this pandemic, and they all need and deserve support for PPE, cleaning supplies, learning materials, and more. And, through the GEER fund, governors remain empowered to do what’s best for their students.”

She continued, “I am so pleased to see Congress … permanently restoring Pell eligibility for incarcerated students. I’ve have seen firsthand the transformative impact Second Chance Pell has had on the lives of individuals who are incarcerated, which is why I’ve continued to urge and encourage Congress to make the Department’s experimental program permanent. This is a historic step, and I look forward to seeing Second Chance Pell grants continue to change lives for the better.”

“While there is still much work to be done in the coming year to continue to empower students of all ages to find the right educational fit for their talents and passions, this bill takes significant steps in the right direction,” the education secretary concluded.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That the funds allocated to the states for education would be put to effective use.
  • For wisdom for Secretary DeVos as she leads the Education Department.
  • For the president’s administration to succeed in the promotion of children’s learning.

Sources: Department of Education


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