Working people and public education advocates are celebrating after President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law Thursday. This powerful piece of legislation will provide assistance to accelerate COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs and to get money to families struggling with job loss, food insecurity, and the threat of homelessness. Funds could start flowing as early as next week, and Texas is expected to get some $27 billion in direct aid.
“This plan is quite literally a lifeline for an economy that desperately needs one,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have lost more than half a million jobs in public education and more than 100,000 jobs in healthcare. This is what government looks like when it takes swift action to care for us all.”
The Rescue Plan will provide a significant amount of funding to Texas public schools to help pay for costs associated with the pandemic.
AFT members and leaders spent countless hours with a coalition of others calling voters, writing letters to the editor, and holding news conferences, events, and rallies—distanced and virtual—to elect legislators who vote to support working people, who never forget under-resourced communities, and who prioritize public education, public services, and the public good.