What unemployment benefits are in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’?

Even though Congress extended federal unemployment benefits through mid-March just a few weeks ago (with a “soft phaseout” through mid-April), President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” already calls for continuing and expanding those ....

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Federal dollars keep California ‘swimming in money’

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest budget proposal released last week suggests, as one article summarized, the state is currently “swimming in money,” including “a $15 billion one-time surplus.” That’s a massive turnaround from early in ....

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New interactive map: State-level performance of K–12 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia

As the COVID crisis drags on, experts increasingly stress the devastating impact of prolonged school closures on children’s education. Months stuck at home in “virtual school” — hours every day spent alone in front of ....

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Schools won’t work any better for disadvantaged children after COVID than before it

Last week I participated in a National Press Foundation briefing, “Closing the COVID Inequality Gap,” convened to examine the impact of widespread school shutdowns on disadvantaged children. My co-panelists, Julia Kaufman from RAND and Bryan ....

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Federal unemployment benefits to eclipse $500 billion

With its 5593-page legislative text just released, news accounts suggest the coronavirus relief package expected to be considered by the House and Senate today will push total federal unemployment benefit payments in the 12 months ....

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What unemployment benefits are in the bipartisan framework for coronavirus relief?

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives released a broad $908 billion framework for extending coronavirus relief. That framework has become central to possible additional coronavirus relief legislation, which congressional leaders are discussing today ....

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