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Statement on CARES Act Funding Lawsuit

Don Wotruba, CAE, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a lawsuit against Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education for inconsistent guidance around the distribution of CARES Act funds to public and private schools:

"On behalf of the Michigan Association of School Boards’ more than 4,000 members, we support and appreciate the action being taken by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, J.D. and State Superintendent Michael Rice, Ph.D. 

The guidance from Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education around the distribution of CARES Act funds to public and private schools is inconsistent with the intent of the law and is frankly wrong. Whether it was intentional or not, MASB believes the USDOE overstepped in their application of the law.

Funds that are intended to benefit economically disadvantaged students should not be diverted to affluent students. The USDOE should be recommending and following what is plainly stipulated in the CARES Act—that money be allocated to private schools based on the number of low-income students they have.

We will do all we can as a Michigan education association to support these efforts toward an equitable distribution of funding."


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