Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education, Hearing Before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2020   [open pdf - 15MB]

This is the June 15, 2020 hearing on "Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on Public Education," held before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. From the Opening Statement of Robert C. "Bobby" Scott: "The Committee is meeting today for a hearing to hear testimony on, quote, 'Budget Cuts and Loss Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education.' [...] Today we are going to examine how COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted State and local government revenue and how projected State and local government shortfalls will further exacerbate educational inequities rooted around the country. Nationwide school closures due to COVID-19 have had a profound effect on all students, especially in what has been called the summer slide; only this year the summer slide has started a few months earlier than usual. Our country's history of educational inequity tells us which students will lose the most during these schools closures. Today the pandemic is exposing and worsening achievements gaps for students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students from low-income backgrounds. Vulnerable students are less likely to attend schools that have the resources to rapidly establish high-quality distance learning programs. They are also less likely to have the basic technology, such as a personal computer and high-speed internet connections, and the support at home needed to access virtual learning." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Eric Gordon, Mark Johnson, Michael Leachman, and Rebecca Pringle.

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Serial No. 116-58
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