The Broward County School Board is now part of a national effort asking Congress to provide much needed funding for school districts in the next coronavirus supplemental appropriations bill.
During a May 5 School Board meeting, the Board unanimously approved the Resolution in Support of Council of the Great City Schools Member Districts’ Request for Additional Federal Funding.
The funding is needed due to declines in state and local revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, which are expected to result in significant revenue shortfalls for school districts and potentially unprecedented budget cuts.
Broward Schools Superintendent has said he expects a major reduction in money from the state for public schools.
This resolution provides an overview of the major financial impact the worldwide pandemic will have on the nation’s public schools, which have already faced the monumental challenge of transitioning to distance learning, while maintaining high-quality instruction, along with the unexpected costs of providing expanded meal services to students and families in the wake of school closures, the distribution of electronic devices and providing internet connectivity.
Last week, Runcie also joined 61 superintendents from other large school districts across the nation in sending a letter to Capitol Hill, through the Council of the Great City Schools, expressing the need for federal funding to offset the financial impact districts are incurring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.