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Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Critical Resources to Get Students Back to the Classroom Safely

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the over $125 billion in K-12 funding included in the American Rescue Plan.  


“The pandemic has made life harder for every family across the country. Students have suffered tremendously as a result—and we know this pain has not been felt equally. The crisis has deepened existing inequities in our education system.


“The American Rescue Plan will help get students safely back to the classroom for in-person instruction as quickly as possible and get students back on track, by making sure schools can secure adequate PPE, reduce class sizes to increase social distancing, improve ventilation, address learning loss, and more.”


The American Rescue Plan includes over $125 billion in K-12 funding, to help schools reopen safely for in-person instruction as quickly as possible by providing them with the resources need to implement important public health measures, address learning loss, and address long standing inequities in our education system.


Senator Murray has long fought to provide students, schools, and higher education institutions with the resources they need to weather this pandemic, and first introduced her Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) in June.