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Resources to Help the Educational System during COVID-19

Role of Education Nonprofit Organization

Across the nation, nonprofit organizations that are focused on education work to improve education in the United States. They address the multiple challenges schools face in ensuring that all children can reach their full potential.

As such, education nonprofit organizations help schools tackle the problems of limited resources, achievement gaps, and opportunity gaps in schools. Far too often, schools lack what they need. This is particularly true of schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students. According to a 2018 National Center for Education Statistics study, 1.3 million students, nearly half of them minorities, drop out of school every year.

Additionally, education nonprofit organizations address the causes of dropping out of school as early as prekindergarten, and they take on various tasks in the process. These nonprofits do everything from training volunteers to provide programming that ensures that all children are ready for kindergarten to aiding districts in effective teacher recruitment. Some education nonprofits deliver training and professional development to teachers and administrators, and others organize extracurricular programs or provide educational materials and other important resourced that may be in short supply.

However, nonprofits that are committed to education are only made possible through resources. Grants, government money, and donations from individuals and corporations, as well as in-kind contributions, fund education nonprofit organizations. This is why the COVID-19 relief will help further assist nonprofits that want to help the educational system as a whole.

COVID Relief for Education

On December 21, 2020 Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed a COVID-19 relief package that will provide widespread economic aid, including more financial support for schools. The $900 billion relief package built on a bipartisan stimulus bill includes a $82 billion for education. The breakdown is as follows: 1) $54.3 billion for K-12 schools, largely delivered through Title I funding; 2) $22.7 billion for higher education with $1.7 billion set aside for minority-serving institutions and close to $1 billion for for-profit colleges; and 3) $4 billion for governors to spend at their discretion, with $2.7 billion of that for private schools.

Thus, the bulk of the money allotted to stabilize K-12 schools in the latest relief bill will go directly to school districts based on the proportion of funding they receive through Title I of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The state can reserve as much as 10% for administration purposes, leaving the rest for local education agencies.

Additionally, on December 28, 2020 President Trump released an executive order allowing federal Community Development Block Grants to be used for emergency learning scholarships that would help families pay for private school tuition or homeschooling costs for students without access to in-person learning. The order would give states new flexibility in how they use federal block grant programs that provide money for a wide range of community services designed to alleviate poverty and help low-income Americans.

How COVID Relief Benefits Education Nonprofit Organizations

The new coronavirus relief law sets aside nearly $2.75 billion for services at private schools. Although this relief includes signification restrictions on how the money can be used (such as prohibiting the support of religious instruction), the vast majority of the funding must be passed along to the local community organizations. Therefore, roughly $20 billion will be allocated to all public and private nonprofit higher education institutions that provide a range of services, such as helping low-income people or vulnerable populations with employment, housing, education, and food.

Education nonprofit organizations can continue to support the lives of students that have been impacted by the pandemic. Namely, the relief package can help nonprofits provide resources that will help address the specific needs of disadvantaged students, including those living in poverty, learning English, experiencing homelessness, and dealing with disabilities.




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