Statement: The American Rescue Plan Passes Congress, Awaits Pres. Biden’s Signature

March 10, 2021

CEA President Baca-Oehlert:
The American Rescue Plan Passes Congress, Awaits Pres. Biden’s Signature
Legislation will provide much needed financial relief to schools

DENVER, CO – Today, the United States Congress passed the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief package, which will next head to President Biden’s desk for signature.

The following statement can be attributed to Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association:

“Today’s passage of the American Rescue Plan means Colorado students, educators and schools will have the additional financial support they have desperately needed since last year. The projected $1.7 billion dollars earmarked for Colorado schools and higher education will help school districts keep our students and educators safe, enable us to meet the needs of students, and will also help lift thousands of the most vulnerable Colorado families out of poverty. The rescue dollars will also provide much needed support and resources for higher education in Colorado.

“Colorado educators advocated for this historic legislation, and we applaud its passage. This financial relief will go a long way in supporting families and keeping students and educators safe as we continue to educate students in a pandemic and build a better future for all students in Colorado, especially our most vulnerable students and students of color.”

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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