States around the nation are bracing for budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus health crisis. This week, Ohio proposed $475 million of cuts in education funding over the next two months in anticipation of a revenue shortfall of more than $2 billion in the fiscal year that ends in June. Cities and towns will also take a big financial hit.
OEA is advocating to protect state funding for local schools, but additional federal resources are needed to mitigate the loss of revenue.
It is critical that Congress pass $175 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund to support state and local education. These funds will help support the safety and well-being of students and educators.
Senator Rob Portman (R) is a key player. He has said that Ohio’s local governments need federal aid. Please urge him and other members of the Ohio Congressional delegation to act now to provide that assistance and to include $175 billion for state and local education in the next COVID-19 relief package.
Write to your legislators and urge them to take action. A sample letter is provided.