How Will Schools Pay For Coronavirus Precautions This Fall? | TODAY

published on July 12, 2020

THE BUILDINGS>> REHEMA ELLIS FOR US THISMORNINGTHANK YOUCARSON>> MANY OF THE CHANGES THAT AREGOING TO BE NECESSARY DO COST

MONEY AS WE KNOWSCHOOLS ARE ALREADY DEALING WITHBUDGET CONCERNSLET’S BRING IN OUR SENIORBUSINESS CORRESPONDENT,STEPHANIE RUHLE

STEPH, GOOD MORNINGFIRST OF ALL, WHEN SCHOOLS SHUTDOWN, HOW DOES THAT IMPACT THEDISTRICT REVENUES?>> WELL, HERE’S THE THING,DISTRICT REVENUES ARE NOT

IMPACTED WHETHER OR NOT SCHOOLSARE OPEN OR CLOSEDTHE BIGGER ISSUE, BUDGETS DON’TCHANGETHE SCHOOL BUDGETS HAVE BEEN SETFOR THE YEAR

WHAT HAS CHANGED IS HOW MUCHMONEY IT WILL COST TO SEND OURKIDS BACK TO SCHOOL SAFELYAS IT STANDS, EDUCATION FUNDINGIN THIS COUNTRY, ONLY 8% OF ITCOMES FROM THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENTTHAT MEANS 92% OF THE MONEY HASTO COME FROM LOCAL STATES, LOCALCITIESJUST THINK ABOUT IT, IN THISLAST YEAR SINCE THE PANDEMIC,

REVENUES HAVE GONE DOWNSIGNIFICANTLYWE’RE NOT GETTING MUCH IN SALESTAX AND OTHER INCOMES THATCITIES ARE RELIANT UPONWHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THE

THINGS DR GUPTA JUST MENTIONED,ALL THE PROTOCOLS, THE SOCIALDISTANCING, THE HAND SANITIZER,THE PLEXIGLASS, THIS COSTS AHUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND THEYJUST DON’T HAVE IT RIGHT NOW

>> THAT BEGS THE QUESTION,STEPH, WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOINGTO COME FROM?8% COMES FROM THE FEDYOU’VE GOT STATES THAT NEED TORECONFIGURE THEIR SCHOOLS

HOW DO THEY PAY FOR IT?>> OKAY, THIS IS THE $1165BILLION QUESTIONI GET THIS NUMBER FROM THENATIONAL FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWHO HAVE COME UP WITH THIS

NUMBER, THIS ESTIMATE IS WHATTHEY SAY IT COSTS TO RECONFIGUREOUR SCHOOLS SAFELYRIGHT NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTHAS ALLOTTED $135 BILLION FOR KTHROUGH 12 SCHOOLS

THAT LEAVES US $100 BILLIONSHORT, AND A LOT OF STATES AREALREADY TURNING TO WASHINGTONTHEY’RE SAYING WE HEAR YOU, MRPRESIDENT, WE WANT TO OPEN TOOWE CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT THE

MONEY>> SO WE ALSO LOOK AROUND THEGLOBE TO SEE HOW THIS IS WORKINGSUCCESSFULLY IN HONG KONG, INITALY, IN GERMANY, THEY’RESUBSIDIZING LAPTOPS FOR LOW

INCOME STUDENTSAT SOME POINT WHERE THIS NEEDSTO BE WORKING WITH KIDS GOINGBACK, YOU’RE GETTING THE HELPFROM THE GOVERNMENTWHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR US

TO GET THAT $100 BILLION?>> LISTEN, IT’S ABOUT POLITICALWILLBUT RIGHT NOW AS EVERYDAYCITIZENS, AS PARENTS, WE CANCALL OUR CONGRESSPERSON, WE CAN

ASK FOR THIS, BUT WE CAN’TCONTROL ITSO AS PARENTS WE’VE GOT TO SEEWHAT WE CAN DO AT HOME, RIGHT?IN THE SPRING AS PARENTS, YOUKNOW, I KNOW, WE WERE ALL KIND

OF WINGING ITWE WERE TREATING IT SAYING LET’SGET TO THE END OF THE YEAR ANDJUST MAKE IT THROUGHBUT NOW WE’VE GOT A MONTH ORMORE TO GO BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

AGAIN AND WE HAVE TO AT LEAST,CARSON, START PLANNING, SAYINGWE MIGHT BE HOMEIF WE CAN, TAKE A LOOK AT OURHOME SPACESHOULD WE BE GETTING A DESK?

IF POSSIBLE, CAN WE PUT APARTITION UP?REMEMBER, DESKS, SMALL DESKSSOLD OUT SO, SO QUICKLY WHEN WEALL STARTED WORKING FROM HOMESO SUDDENLY WE HEAR THAT

MILLIONS OF KIDS ARE GOING TOSCHOOL FROM HOME, YOU’RE GOINGTO SEE SCHOOL SUPPLIES SELL OUTQUICKLYSO AS PARENTS, TRY TO STOCK UPNOW

TRY TO HAVE YOUR KID AT LEASTSPEND SOME OF THEIR SCREEN TIMEON SOME EDUCATIONAL APPS TO GETTHEM IN THE ZONEIF YOU CAN, START SAVING $10,$20, $50 A WEEK AND PUT SOME

MONEY AWAY NOWSAVE UP AND GET YOURSELF AN iPADOR A LAPTOPAS YOU SAID, IN OTHER COUNTRIESWE DID SEE KIDS HAVE THEGOVERNMENT SEND THEM COMPUTERS

AT HOMEWE’RE NOT SEEING THAT ACROSS THEUNITED STATES IN A NATIONAL WAY,SO IF WE DON’T GET IT FROM THEGOVERNMENT, IT WOULD BE GREAT IFWE DID, WE’VE GOT TO START AT

LEAST HAVING A BACKUP PLAN ATHOME IF POSSIBLE>> THAT’S A GOOD POINTTHE ONE THING WE DO KNOW ISTHERE’S GOING TO BE A SPLIT,

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