March 02, 2021
WASHINGTON - At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) highlighted the importance of students returning to in-person learning. Congress has provided $67.5 billion for K-12 schools to reopen safely, and much of that funding has not been spent.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“We spent some time at lunch today talking about the importance of getting kids back to school. There's a McKinsey report out that says the average student, at the end of the nine-month school year, will be nine months behind in math [and] that students of color will be 11 to 12 months behind in math and similarly behind in other topics. Though math appears to be the biggest challenge when you don't have in-person learning.
“John King, the Secretary of Education for President Obama, said we're running the risk of an entire lost generation of students by not having kids back in school. Nothing in the bill we're talking about is designed to get kids back in school.
“And, in fact, if money was the solution, there'd be no problem. We've already appropriated $67.5 billion to elementary and secondary education. As of February 1, I think $5.1 billion of that had been spent. So $60 billion available to get kids back in school, and none of it being used for that purpose.”