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Congress and Trump Administration Remain Deadlocked Over a Bill That Would Provide Billions for Schools

As talks over the economic recovery package remain in jeopardy, public schools may once again lose out on tens of billions of federal aid, money they say they desperately need to reopen as they face mounting costs and shrinking budgets.

Public schools, which educate 50 million schoolchildren, got a $13.2 billion infusion in late March to help transition to remote learning as the pandemic forced them to close their doors, with some states and governors sending more discretionary aid. Schools anticipated a larger aid package to help cover the immense costs of reopening. But well into the start of the school year, they are still waiting.

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