In awarding the grants, the department will consider the coronavirus’ impact on a state, as is Congress’ intention for the money. However, the presence of the grants indicate other criteria will also be considered. Forty of the 100 points of the rubric relate to a state’s coronavirus cases and how it transitioned to online learning.
This solution has its critics.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten blasted the plan, accusing DeVos of using the limited funds to turn schools into market opportunities for businesses and offering families vouchers that divert funds away from public education.