Cost of government soars due to inflation
Just about everything costs more these days with the rate of inflation running at close to nine percent. Unfortunately for state taxpayers, that includes the price of government at all…
I have previously written about how the coronavirus pandemic has given policymakers an opportunity to address education disparities and shake up the status quo. While we aren’t sure what education will look like come fall—or what consequences remote learning will have on students, as necessary as the school closures have been—there are solutions that will ensure every child receives the education that best meets his or her individual needs, both now and in the future.
The Center, along with other state think tanks, has submitted recommendations to Congress on what some of these solutions could look like. While American Experiment continues to believe that the role of government should be limited, we recognize that given these extraordinary times, Congress has been focused on providing thoughtful assistance to ensure every child continues accessing a quality education. Should Congress approve future stimulus packages, we want to make sure the nearly 60 million K-12 children across the country are supported.
Here are several policy recommendations that would provide the greatest temporary assistance to K-12 education while being fiscally responsible.
The digital divide between students with access to home technology and those without it has impacted student learning.
It’s not just a matter of making laptops or iPads available. To access online learning platforms, these devices rely on internet. But affordable and reliable broadband access isn’t always available. Nearly 12 million children live in homes without access. Because the expected duration of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the 2020-2021 school year is unknown, digital learning is likely going to be a part of education for the foreseeable future. Any future stimulus package should aim to address this significant infrastructure challenge.
Teachers have been asked to change their medium and style of teaching very quickly and with little training. Congress should encourage more teachers across the United States to obtain professional development in virtual and online learning so that students are receiving the best education possible.
Families have been forced to attempt supporting their children’s education at home. Even with the school year winding down, these solutions would be valuable during the 2020-2021 school year for any unplanned closures.