At the end of July, nearly 100000 American children were infected with the new coronavirus, but President trump insisted that “children are basically immune to the new coronavirus” and called on schools to start school. But even under the president’s plan, a shortage of staff and money will slow the pace of the U.S. reopening school.
getting students back to school safely means taking a series of measures, such as reducing class sizes or providing computers for some families to facilitate online teaching – all of which require extra manpower and money. Before the outbreak, the number of school staff in the United States did not recover from the recession in 2008 (Figure 1). During the outbreak, hundreds of thousands or even more jobs were lost due to the forced layoffs to save costs.
due to the outbreak of the epidemic, the states are facing a funding gap of $555 billion by 2022. The state government has to be ready to cut its budget at any time, and its subsidies to schools will also be reduced accordingly. In addition, due to the financing mode of the school district system in the United States, the impact of the education crisis on low-income people may be the most serious. School districts rely on a mix of local, state, and federal funding. At the local level, funds are mainly raised through property tax. The richer the community is, the more property tax is. However, low-income school districts often have to rely on state funds.
although the government’s cares act of March has provided $13 billion for K-12 education, more federal assistance is needed. Now, Republicans and lawmakers are still deadlocked over the new stimulus. President trump has asked for $70 billion for K-12 education, and hopes 50% of that will go to schools that reopen. But local officials have abandoned the option as teachers protest against health risks.