ASBO International is working with AASA, The School Superintendents Association on an advocacy opportunity regarding the Department of Education's (ED) recent guidance issued on Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under the CARES Act.Please consider writing your members of Congress to let them know this suggested method of calculation is flawed and inequitable for students. (A template letter is attached.) ED's guidance advises school districts to calculate the proportionate share of CARES Act equitable services to non-public schools based on overall enrollment rather than based on poverty rates in the non-public schools. This would significantly increase the share of federal funding available to private schools beyond what they would have received according to what CARES statute intended. For example, in Indiana, the guidance would triple the amount of funding available to support private schools compared to using the typical Title I process for calculating equitable services. This guidance, if enacted, will actually worsen student inequities in education, so please let Congress know.If you need assistance with contacting your members of Congress or have any questions, please email us. For more background information on this issue, please read AASA's blog and this District Administration news article.
The Department of Education (ED) released an interim final rule for public comment on equitable services within the CARES Act. ASBO International and AASA The School Superintendents Association oppose the rule, which could transfer an additional $1.3 billion in funding to private schools beyond what Congress authorized under CARES, according to the Learning Policy Institute. ASBO and AASA will submit comments opposing the rule and encourage members to share feedback with ED as well.Please find attached an optional template letter to edit and submit your comments via the Federal Register. The deadline to submit comments is July 31, 2020. For more background on this issue, read our talking points on equitable services (p. 2), which we shared during our 2020 Virtual Legislative Advocacy Conference. Instructions to edit the template and submit comments are below.How to Edit the Template Letter:
How to File Comments with ED via the Federal Register:
***Please consider sharing your comments with Congress as well. If you need help submitting comments to ED and/or your elected representatives, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you would like ASBO and AASA staff to submit your completed comments for you, please email them to us no later than Wednesday, July 29).