Goal: faster federal aid to schools

Jun 10, 2019

How best to get help to America’s schools after a natural disaster was the goal of the hearing I held Wednesday, as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. School leaders from the Marianas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and California testified about the barriers they faced getting the federal aid they need to recover from recent typhoons, hurricanes and wildfires. Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan of the Education Department reported on plans to use quickly the $165 million Congress approved in school disaster aid. Brogan said the Department had already formed a team and will have spending plans ready within the next 30 days. My Subcommittee will maintain oversight of these plans. We want to be sure students nationwide—in disaster-damaged, inadequate, unsafe, or overcrowded schools—have the physical environment they need to resume learning, preferably by the time the new school year begins. Watch the hearing here.