Blumenauer, Bonamici Announce Hundreds of Millions in Expected COVID Relief Funds for Local School Districts
Today, U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, announced that school districts in Oregon’s Third and First Congressional Districts are estimated to receive hundreds of millions of dollars if Congress passes President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which is currently moving forward as part of the budget reconciliation process. The funds would help give K-12 schools the resources they need to reopen safely, provide more in-person instruction to more students, and address the significant impact of the pandemic on students’ education and well-being.
According to a new assessment by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the relief package being considering in Congress would, in its current form, provide the following estimated funding amounts to local school districts:
- Portland School District: $74,166,000
- Beaverton School District: $50,488,000
- Reynolds School District: $32,560,000
- David Douglas School District: $30,647,000
- Hillsboro School District: $27,098,000
- Gresham-Barlow School District: $20,875,000
- Centennial School District: $17,202,000
- North Clackamas School District: $16,738,000
- McMinnville School District: $9,226,000
- Parkrose School District: $6,781,000
- Newberg School District: $5,759,000
- St. Helens School District: $4,677,000
- Oregon Trail School District: $3,511,000
- Astoria School District: $2,905,000
- Seaside School District: $2,863,000
- Estacada School District: $1,982,000
- Scappoose School District: $1,730,000
- Corbett School District: $566,000
- Riverdale School District: $106,000
- And more
"We’re all eager to get students back in the classroom as soon as possible," Blumenauer said. "These funds are essential to providing school districts the tools and resources they need to keep kids, teachers, and support staff healthy in the process. It’s yet another reason why we must pass the American Rescue Plan."
“Some schools in NW Oregon have been able to reopen, but many have not,” Bonamici said. “We all want students and educators back in schools, but they need resources to make sure everyone is safe. This funding will help with PPE, cleaning supplies, ventilation, and more. As a senior member of the Education and Labor Committee I’ve been advocating for funding to help schools and districts equitably serve students during these difficult times. I’m glad the American Rescue Plan will provide schools with the resources and flexibility they need.”
The estimated grant amounts were prepared by CRS based on the legislation submitted to the House Budget Committee by the House Education and Labor Committee. The legislation is still subject to change.
The House Budget Committee will consider the American Rescue Plan on Monday, February 22, 2021. A full vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the plan is expected later that week.