Spotlight on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic requires our leaders to put people first. Our economy cannot rebound if we do not address the immediate health crisis and prioritize support for families and communities. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a step in the right direction – providing immediate stimulus checks to families, creating a state stabilization fund to help K-12 through higher education, providing student loan relief, expanding unemployment insurance, and allocating resources to expand and secure more voting options. To help households continue to weather the current storm, NEA supports additional stimulus funding to shore up the nation’s social safety net, including resources to close the digital divide, often referred to as the “homework gap,” expand health and childcare coverage, and ensure the stabilization of state and local government’s ability to support public education.