New analysis of the CARES act from IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association) shows that public school districts have to give up more than $44.2 million in funding granted by the CARES act to private schools with campuses within their district boundaries.
This new rule instituted by Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education would increase the funding that usually is diverted to private education in Texas by over $38.7 million. DeVos has interpreted the CARES act to mean that if a public school district spends even a dollar of the CARES act money on essential COVID-related supplies for non-Title I schools, then the district will be forced to hand over a substantial portion of their funding to private schools. See this graphic that shows what $38.7 million could be used for in public schools.
This interpretation goes against the letter and spirit of the law which was passed by Congress and shows yet another huge overstep by Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education with the sole purpose of knee-capping public education to the benefit of private schools.