NAACP Sues Betsy DeVos Over Federal Covid-19 Aid Money diverted to Private Schools

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a rule that says if states want to use the funds to provide services for all students, such as tutoring or extra school buses to allow for social distancing, they must also fund “equitable services” for all private school students in the district.

DeVos’s rule vastly increases the share of the federal funding that would go to private school students. Private school students are more likely to be wealthy than public school students, and a majority of private school students are white, while a majority in public schools are students of color.

“The Rule is as immoral as it is illegal,” the lawsuit states. “In a moment of crisis—when public school districts are called upon to educate their students in unprecedented circumstances, to protect their students and staff from disease, and to feed families who have been plunged into poverty, all with decimated state and local revenues—it is unconscionable for Defendants to siphon away the CARES Act’s desperately needed funds for the benefit of more affluent private-school students.”