Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, made a request to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to make congressionally-approved funds immediately available to help Southwest Washington where in-person public education is closed. 

In a letter to the governor, Herrera Beutler mentioned the $745 million she recently secured for Community Service Block Grants to assist students during school closures due to COVID-19 health restrictions. Recent federal actions make the funds available to pay for private school tuition and other in-person resources. However, the decision to provide those funds to Washington families is up to the state.

“Low-income students are estimated to lose over a year of learning due to school closures, which is expected to exacerbate current achievement gaps by 15-20 percent,” Herrera Beutler said in her letter to the governor. “Public schools play a central role in educating our students, yet many remain closed in communities throughout Washington. Where in-person public learning is inaccessible, we should provide vulnerable students with access to every available tool, including allowing them to use funds from the Community Service Block Grants for private school tuition and other in-person options to safeguard their learning and personal welfare during this crisis.”

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YourNeighbor

"other in-person resurces". Like what, Jaime? Like churches? Is that where you're trying to send tax dollars? You can't shoe-horn public funds into your churches, so you try now, under the cover of a pandemic?

One more thing, Jaime. Why haven't we yet seen tour veraion of articles of impeachment to remove your president for inciting an armed insurrection. You know, the insurrection that made you run away and hide from your own republican scum sent by your own president. I take it you support Trump's claims and actions yesterday?Because, if you fail to act, you sure do.

HeavyHemi

The RNC and Trump election campaign 2020 need to be labeled as Domestic Terrorist Organizations. He needs to be removed from office as an immediate threat to our safety. This was a a planned assault directed by Trump.

YourNeighbor

Now, the trumpists will see the problem with fascism, when it is their Great Leader who failed to overthrow our government in open insurrection. All your little maga hats and trump flags on your little trucks, all your guns, none of that can wash away the orange stain. You bet everything on your feuhrer and you lost.

Logger Jim

Trump won.

Logger Jim

Trump won.

Mnementh

Simply amazing how this becomes a Trump issue when the article is about making sure children have access to education via approved funds and working with the state... I shake my head....

YourNeighbor

Your priorities are skewed, as are Beutler's. There is a far, far bigger orange problem going on right now. How much do these funds mean to kids who will grow up under a the republican-installed government?

I cannot believe you missed my point of bringing this up to Jaime, the day after her party tried to overthrow my government, when she was busy making a press release about some feel-good garbage unrelated to the insurrection at hand. No, I think you got it. Which is why your whining about my remarks is disingenuous.

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