stacey donatoThere are a number of unprecedented topics for the General Assembly to tackle this legislative session in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the biggest is funding K-12 education.

Under current law, public schools receive 85% of the per-student state funding for any student who gets at least half of their education virtually. Given the current circumstances, this would not be fair to the teachers, students and administrators in our education system who had to transition from in-class to remote learning.

Senator Denato said, “To address this, I supported Senate Bill 2, which would provide 100% of the state’s per-student funding for students at brick-and-mortar public schools who have gone to virtual instruction for part or all of the 2020-2021 academic year, so long as those students weren’t already learning virtually prior to COVID-19.”

The senator continued, “I believe this one-year fix is an important step in supporting our schools as they navigate the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic.”

Last week, SB 2 bill passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

To view this bill and others being considered this legislative session, click here.