CNA Staff, Jul 9, 2020 / 16:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Five states are suing the Trump administration for directing emergency relief aid to students at private schools, regardless of their income level.
The states of Michigan, California, Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia filed the complaint in federal court on Tuesday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The states were led by the attorneys general of Michigan and California, Dana Nessel and Xavier Becerra.
“At a time when Michigan schools are facing an unprecedented crisis, every single child deserves the chance to succeed. But, yet again, Secretary DeVos has decided to tip the scales in favor of private schools, leaving the State’s public-school students behind,” Nessel said.
Congress, under the CARES Act in March, sent relief funding for education to the states, to distribute to local educational agencies (LEAs).
Although some of the Title I-A funds could go to help private school students, under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act they are specifically meant for “at-risk private-school students” and not students in general, the states’ lawsuit says.