Joe Biden on Friday called on President Trump and Congress to pass a $30 billion emergency package to give public schools the resources they need to safely adapt in order to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Why it matters: The move, part of a broader five-point plan for reopening schools, is another contrast Biden is trying to draw between himself and Trump, who he says has made schools' situation "much worse" by failing to act.
- He's also calling on Senate Republicans to pass Democrats' HEROES Act, which already passed the House and would provide roughly $58 billion for local school districts.
Biden's plan includes:
- Controlling the coronavirus.
- Establishing national safety guidelines for reopening that empowers local leaders.
- Providing emergency financial support for child care providers and public schools.
- Promoting high-quality remote learning.
- Closing the "COVID-19 educational equity gap."