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are looking at the consequences of that today. announcer: watched the communicators saturday at 6:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] announcer: house majority leader steny hoyer posted a discussion with local educators on covid-19 economic relief. they talk about the federal response to the pandemic and the impact of the american rescue on students and teachers. spent i want to thank as i said at the beginning all of you a for what you do every day leading extraordinary school systems all of which i represent and also participating in the ptas and the national organizations as well. the parent teachers association overseeing where we are and where we need to be going want to thank each one of you. i don't know that we have been
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introduced everybody too those were listening but let me go through. the public school county deputy superintendent. that or daniel curry the superintendent of schools in calvin county dr. kim hill a very dear friend of mine charles county public schools superintendent could she sadly will be leaving soon to achieve decided to go onto another phas of her contributions to our county and our state and nation but thank you and dr. monica old smith who i mentioned before and i think everybody was on the phone. she and i have something in common. she is a teacher and i observe that she has done much better than i have this year. edition we have theresa deadly in any of order member of the
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board of directors. wayne gallman the national pta service committee member. thank you very much for being with us. the pta president in the spanish emerging school to thank you for being with us and jared tyler principal it maya angelou immersion school. thank you for wall you do every day to make such a difference in our school systems. i quote frederick douglass as a on the eastern jurors was tubman and i have a picture of them in my conference room.
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frederick douglass i quote all the time when he says it's easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men. i think that is such a profound statement and i also quote in some if you have not heard me say before sparrow agnew. he and i were elected -- i was elected to the maryland state senate and i he was elected governor gave the nod will address and the only minor member from that address was the cost of failure far exceeds the price of progress. douglas and agnew were saying the same thing that we need to invest in our children and their education not only the young but it's an ongoing effort to make sure people maintain skills or
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obtain new skills before it a changing economy. this past year of course has been an enormously difficult year for america and americans and the citizens of the global community. covid-19 is unlike anything that i have experienced in my lifetime of 80 plus years. it is something that not only adversely affected the health of america but affected overwhelmingly the economy of our country and the global community. we have had an extraordinarily respond -- an extraordinary response at the federal level to that challenge the covid-19 is created for her economic well-being. last year we appropriated and authorized the expenditure of
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$4 trillion. none of us can conceive of what $4 trillion is but it is a testament to his all those bills were passed in the bipartisan way and i will say something about that with respect to the bill that was just passed. those bills are passed in a bipartisan way because republicans at the macrakis recognized and the president frankly recognize the magnitude of the challenge that confronted us and therefore the magnitude of the response was necessary. $4 trillion is a significant portion of which went to education as you know. we passed a bill couple of bills in march and one in april and one in may and as i said the total of that including the december bill that we passed a little less than a trillion dollars was $4 trillion.
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this time when the biden campaign ran for office he said we needed to make changes in that effort into focus very much on making sure that we a had a rescue plan and then a plan for building back better, a plan for reinvesting and building america back. the first stage of that was of course the american rescue plan or arp. the feeling of congress was and the feeling at least of the president and those of us who are supporters of the president was that we needed to ensure after a very difficult 12 month, almost 12 month, now 12 months that we were fighting covid-19 and the radical change that it effective for all of us and particularly for those of you
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who are directly involved in education. and i've talked to many of you during the course of the last year and talk to you about whether kids ought to be back school and how your teacher is doing and how the educational system is doing. essentially communicating through the same medium we are communicating through today and what can we do at the federal level to help. obviously president trump's son-in-law to get people back to school and we agreed really need to get the full back to school but get them back safely. we need to get teachers and students. having talked to use another was not a unanimity of the kenyan from educational leaders as to exactly what the feasibility of having kids back to school is great i know from personal experience my granddaughter has
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four children preach she's 32 years and age and just for children three of whom are in school. she was when that discussion occurred i said as a mom what do you think? and she was very reluctant sending her three children to school. one of them is out of school yet. what do you think about sending that back to school and she was very hesitant. i spoke to many teachers who were -- did we want to get kids back in school and we are committed to getting kids back in school but we must be committed to getting them back safely. and children. during the course of our discussion we passed two bills that the senate did pass. we call them heroes one and he rose to.
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one was passed in may and one was passed and not over and those bills had very substantial investments in state -- state and local government and education in particular k-12 in particular as well. you are familiar with those i am sure. they had significant sums particularly and he rose 12 for education funding both at the k-12 level and in higher education as well. those bills as they said were not passed a note though we have some resources from the billy passed in december if you divided up between the 50 states multiple school systems etc. etc. they were smaller. at this time as all of you know we are sending very substantial
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money, well over $100 billion to schools and systems directly. paying it directly to the schools and they are designed specifically to make sure that we are going back to school safely not only in terms of the schools themselves and the ventilation systems which will be a significant sum of money and i want to hear from all of you and what you think perhaps these dollars will do and how it said that they will be and what you think lies ahead and how quickly we can get to the place we need to be and i also want to hear because i know ava my oldest great-granddaughter is back in school now. she is at northern. she is back in school now and she is delighted or it i saw her on easter and she is just beside
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herself. she just loves school and that's great. the state of maryland is getting 1.750 yen dollars in immediate aid to reopen schools safely and to make up for lost learning time. i want to hear from some of you about that. not only do we need dollars in the schools in a situation where they are helping but also we have additional resources necessary to try to fill the gap which i think is not fill a bowl unfortunately for a lot of these kids who lost back in school experience, that personal relationship and again we had a discussion about whether we can get back and are not.
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in any event we recognize state and local school districts know best what's best for their communities and students and of course the local school board. i know there's a difference between the school board and educational leadership in our state as to what we could do and couldn't do. the educational provisions as you know provide direct payments to americans to help them through difficult economic times as well and i think it's going to be important for your parents and very important as well that we have the assistance to renters and mortgage holders to relieve some of the economic stress that parents have particularly in a place where they are a little more comfortable economic he and in addition as you know the bill gives substantial resources into
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childcare, very important component particular the one you're looking at kids coming back but don't come back to school the childcare system has been really stressed and parents have been stressed going back to work and kids going back to school when they can go back to school. we also provided money for housing and nutrition assistance for those who need it. obviously as you know early on we provided money to the school lunch programs. the biden harris admits ration and the congress are working together to ensure businesses schools committees and councils have all the tools needed to get through this pandemic safely and build it back better. as i said at the beginning i think one of the most important decisions in the committee makes
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is that in the educational system. if you don't have a good education system and children cannot learn and are not learning you aren't going to have a successful society and you aren't going to have a successful community and you are going to have a successful economy. that's one of the great differences between ourselves and other countries that we did build an education system open to all a very democratic with a small d system that is made all the difference in creating middle-class and a vibrant economy and create happy families. it's the best investment we can make in my opinion moving forward to make sure that system is on the in a way that allows it to do its job in the best
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possible way. again let make those without an i thank all of you and that i'd like to hear for me 20 view as to your thoughts regarding what we have done, what you think we still need to do or frankly better yet what you think you need to be doing in your school systems in what you think these resources will enable you to do. so again let me stop at that and will go in alphabetical order. i could go alphabetical by name but i'll go by county but let's start with ms. jackson and thank you again for being with us. >> thank you so much sir. as you alluded to early on in the pandemic it was apparent we were going to be able as a
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school system to need to support families not just in the educational opportunities for our students but in those building blocks of educational opportunities and as such we became a hub for food to colacci social services and mental health. the funding that has been used prior and continues to be used will be used in that manner to give students the opportunity to have this foundation so they can be available to learn. additionally we have students who have returned to in person learning but we also have families because of her small choices who remain virtual and as such we will continue to provide professional development for teachers and other staff members to make sure students
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continued to receive the state-of-the-art education containing with hybrid learning in the school year as well as making sure virtual warning -- learning his rub us in our students receive the support they need especially in the area of mental health. we have noticed to have given a lot of surveys for students and their parents and that is probably the number one concern. we continue to support our students and their families in those areas all while continuing to focus on our strategic plan which you also alluded to earlier focused on eliminating the opportunity gap and you talk a little bit about summer learning. we have recovery groups and in what we call forward-thinking groups that are planning not just recovery but the. teaching in. learning for students in the next school year per thank you
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sir. >> okay thank you very much and next to go to calvin county and her curry. >> thank you. i'd love to hear for me 20 view for my information as to where we are in terms of percentages or some sort of estimate of people who are in person and virtual. >> thank you congressman. in calvin county we are in hybrid mode for everyone. high schools are seeing about 50% of the students choose hybrid and 50% choosing virtual. a little bit more choosing hybrid at middle school and elementary school. it's probably closer to two-thirds of the students are coming in hybrid form.
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we do a bat -- a and b rupe four days a week and fridays are what they call asynchronous. certainly bears those who ask him we going to bring in everybody right away in the aren't sure for guidance from the cdc makes it that much more effective. there are major issues with transportation. i can tell you i was part of a webinar last week where they had to superintendent speak who have had the kids in school full-time. they were so opposite. one was 120,000 students in duvall county florida one was 900 students in the suburb of chicago and i asked how did you do transportation because they have 80% of the kids that come to school everyday. i said how many on the us?
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he said there's about 48 on the bus. that makes no guidance that we have seen and basically means we have no choice. we have no choice so that's a role to serve our community. i thought that was an interesting contrast to those of us who are trying to get those who need transportation with one child in the seat in 22 on the bus. they can carry 60 some and that's one of the things we have to get to pass. as far as our needs for the future as has been mentioned we are all looking at the idea of the virtual school being a new part of what we offer as a public school. just another option another menu option for public schools. i think it's part of the future
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and so we unveiled it at yesterday's board meeting some background for what we hope to put together. we want to separate those folks who want to do full virtual school next school year and for everyone else her goal would be to go back full time. as far as recovery summer school and i don't know what the rest of you are running into, teachers are tired and worn out at this difficult time and so they are reluctant to sign up for teaching summer school. we will be looking at what other options we might have with a summer program. we don't need to do any more virtual. we want to have a camp like atmosphere and focus on social emotional and academic development. we have perhaps some of the new resources provided by congress
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that might be the label for us to be able to use them to keep class sizes reasonable. and to maintain a more effective distribution of the student population among our teachers. we have a lot going on and i can't tell you how much we appreciate the support. you have made sure we get it to cause just like this past year there is still much we don't know yet and there is -- we are not looking to go back to normal. we are looking to bounce forward into a new look at how public schools operate. >> with that point and i'd think all the rest of you agree i think covid-19 will change permanently much of the way we operate not only in commerce and
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education and other areas of our lives. i tell people they do a lot of -- and people around the country to fund-raiser political events or official events and i tell everybody we may not be in the same room together but we are in the same box together. i think this type allergy really has grown on people. i was interested dr. curry when he said some people may want to stay virtual which i don't know what my opinion is that i'd be interested to hear you guys opinions in terms of can that be as effective as in person? my wife i think as all of you know is a teacher and she did an
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experimental effort i think in 1967 maybe in morningside maryland where we were team teaching open schools and they judged it as a success but i don't think it was a total success because they took them best teachers from that county and put them in that school. nevertheless i think that something we are all going to have to talk about, is it as effective to have children looking at these, at their screens as it is dealing one-on-one even though you have 25 to 30 years and hopefully less the hubble play more students. >> certainly we don't disagree
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especially for the young ones. we aren't offering virtual school time for k-1 into. it's not developmentally appropriate. interesting though we are getting to push back on some parents of children at age who want to have that as an option and maybe because of their own health problems they don't want their child going out of the public and perhaps bringing something back to them whereas previously it was the child's health issue we may have provided the kind of service and now it's sensitive health help issues of other members under the same roof. it may be part of the reason. definitely the little ones would rather have them in to teach them about the social skills when they are sharing space with each other and the independence they get. my wife is a first grade teacher and she is on the telling our kids solve your problems. when you're working from home
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and you have your parent reminding you what the teacher said and coaching you along the way you want the as independent as you will be when you're in a classroom. >> doctor my experience being married to first grade teacher is a great leg up. let me go to dr. hill. >> thank you cards minutes good to see you and thank you for this forum and listening to us. speaks volumes of who you are so later and we appreciate that. but covid-19 a lot of us think about a talk about what is then lost. a lot has also been gained and the federal and state dollars we've been able to change on a dime the way education is in our
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community and as our colleagues have said some people, some students have thrived in the virtual environment while others have not and it's those that all of us as educational leaders the most -- worry the most about creative what is the situation on the ground. and charles county we are think we are with one of the most careful in coming back in person and i know -- is experiencing the same thing read we believe there is the sole populations of students that are back in her school special-education english learners children of employees as well as students involved in
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some of our programs. they have been back in school 40s a week and on april 19 we are going to bring it back to two days a week for students who want to come back. that's averaging 32% of our families who say yes we are ready to send their children back or he was some of our students 75% and another school it's more like 20. we see a great disparity in my community discourse those who are coming back. i think i'm going to say something that all of us agree on right away that our teachers are he wrote. they have absolutely stepped up to whatever challenge has come our way.
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superintendents and teachers all of us have out like whack-a-mole where we think we are moving in the right direction and we have a plan and a plan a in the plan b and a plan and then something else happens and we have to throw that all away and start over again. but no matter what they figured out and they have done it because they want the best for their children in a room whether arab virtual or in person. teachers are teaching faith-based and virtual at the same time and i can tell you it's not ideal but is certainly something that our teachers are really doing a nice job with. they have it figured out. they have the camera here to camera there and wipe or dare
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and they have reviewed out. i'd love to see some work on the federal level in how to beget more really smart creative people who want to be teachers? how do we do that? i'm telling you right now just like dan curry said we are having a hard time with teaching summer school where we can address these interested learning challenges we have a how do we take this moment and said teaching is important and we are going to reward you for this difficult and demanding job and write now we aren't for warding teachers the way they should be were worded and we will face a real real problem in staffing our classrooms moving
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forward. when we look at the numbers in higher ed and those pursuing teaching as a career gets way down. it is way down so we need to use this moment to figure out how to bring in smarting creative teachers and i apologize congressman but that's an important problem and something we have to work on. >> it's a good soapbox beyond and when you say were were teachers and they are heroes you named as you know the hero's bill and not sober was also called heroes to and it was dedicated to her teachers police and fire personnel to emergency medical and our nurses and years
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and personnel in our hospitals. as well is frankly grocery store workers and other essential personnel that have to go to work. in terms of her warding teachers very frankly i have three daughters and their mom was a teacher and they loved and respected their mom greatly and they used to say mom you work so hard and you make so little. you know it's not any secret if you want good employees whether they are teachers doctors or whoever they are you have to be competitive and it's hard to get a public focus and on the competitiveness. thank god we have few rows that are willing to do extraordinarily hard work and extraordinarily important work
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and do it because they love the work and they love children and they feel called to that profession because they know for the most part they can go and other enterprises and do better economically. either they want to do that or they are compelled to do that in some instances and provide the economic reality of their lives. doctor and maybe others can mention it to what your thoughts about the resources you are going to get in the system and how that's going to be spent. >> the grant resources that are coming our way will be spent in a couple of different ways. first of all want to dress the gaps that are going on in the classroom. our data, more kids are failing
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now then failed at this time last year. what we are doing and many of my colleagues are doing is setting up tutoring programs. tutoring is a way to identify and address gaps. we'd like the groups to remain relatively small so that we can really hone in on an address personalized issues for the kids and the other main expenditure that we have is we are looking at those systems and looking at air peer fights and filters and all of those things that we have learned a lot about. those two things are immediate items that we are spending money
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on. we are spending some of the grant money on transportation for kids. summer school and charles county provide the transportation of the summer we are reviving education for any child who wants to come to either a summer school type program or camp, any program that we have and we talked about the challenges of putting kids on buses. we will have to use it as guidance because we have to put our kids on buses and just have them where their masks but we need to get children to wear the educators are. i will let my colleagues talk. >> we have gone a little long to
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if everybody is all right with it i would say we go to 1145 for a little more time for discussion. now will go the doctor goldstein from prince george's county. >> at morning at thank you for having me. we started in person learning yesterday grades. k-6 and on april 15 we will bring in grades seven through 11. we have families with decided to bring students back for in person learning the most of them are at the elementary level. we are grateful for the funds we are currently seeing in the funds they plan coming up along with our school service workers
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have been phenomenal. i'm grateful for usda regulations because that allowed us to serve 7 million meals to her students. i'd calculated that this past tuesday so that was the mom and all. we didn't realize that food insecurity challenge we had. with additional funds we were able to change the wi-fi not only for our families serving meals that those "by or they couldn't afford to pay anymore and we were able to utilize those funds for a one to one school district could i agree with my colleagues we won't have the same form of normal teaching
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that we experience when we were in person before. i knew when we announced we would have to begin the school year with virtual learning that would change how we look at education. i think one of the things and i'm grateful i have parents on the call today they appreciate the opportunity between virtual and in person. just like my colleague said some students do great with impersonal earning and others have not. it's the one who haven't that we worry about read we use funds for professional development. all teachers did not plan for this experience. the first day of school for everyone was like the first day fervor teacher because now they were learning and now we are asking them to teach simultaneous virtually and in person and i guarantee you by the end of the day they are
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certainly tired. we have to find a way to make sure we continue to protect that time for our teachers by planning activities and making sure -- we were both to utilize support for mental health and i'm grateful we have 90 clinicians but i have 206 schools so i plan to use the additional funding will be getting to help expand mental health support. we expect everyone will provide a robust summer program to address and directed learning. we want to definitely correspond to upgrade the system but unlike many here our buildings are proximally 50 years of age and it takes a while for us to get through the whole process in order to fund their system. we want to help to address that.
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we have teachers who have cameras all of the classroom and white wards using mute types of software with students and we want to make sure we can sip port that and we want to continue that because even when we come back for in person learning it's it still going to be different. our students bring their laptops to cut there will be opportunities for independent practice while they are still in the presence of their educators but doing it in different robust way and then lastly ppe and sanitary measures. when we got the first set of funds from the federal government we were in session about the safety of students. in two months a change from -- to mounting a system on a wall
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and that's how that's knowledge evolves. if you have to fun have fund to support that evolution of the new device that's important that we are grateful for everything that we received. many of my colleagues have shared ritual learning i think will not go away. to have that option for parents is going to be critical as we move these programs in the fall. >> let me ask you something, if you have owed virtual and in person does that stretcher teachers and you have sufficient personnel to do that or is it making a difference? >> it definitely does. what school leaders have to do first is to get an analysis from our community of how many families are adjusted in virtual
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versus in-person met to determine and work with the labor department begat who are those people who support that and how many additional teachers will may need? that brings us to the point that we really need a pipeline of educators. while i'm grateful we have academies in our school district and we are rowing our own it still not going to be enough read we have a partnership with the university of maryland and a bachelor's degree to become educators. it's still not enough. any incentive that we can get from across the country to elevate it is going to be crucial. >> thank you very much. dr. smith from the mother county. >> small but mighty erie we have
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three out of four kids that are back in school and hybrid, head start. k-12 so two days a week. next monday we start our fourth quarter and our final quarter bringing back another 20% of kids i will be attending all four days and we look forward to almost into an english-language learner students and students who demonstrated struggles with on line learning tree of they will be back in person four days a week so we will get through to the end of the school year. it's pretty much what we are telling our staff is you've done great work. you are heroes and we are going to get to the end of the school year. i think those funds were
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fantastic. they were at times help us. like everybody else but to have money and we invested it in technology and platforms so the county went from one to three with computers one-to-one to 2% of our kids connected outside of the school being 94% connected across the system and a lot of that was through the broadband are underserved students grant. we had over $2 million we are able to connect the last several houses so we really did develop a system that allows us to have meaningful synchronous learning in a mostly rural committees. the rescue plan funds that's a sizable chunk of money used over
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three years. that is going to be used, a lot of that is going to go to establishing this virtual education option for parents so that's going to be really great i think the challenge that we see and i think every school system sees especially with their quality and we talk about putting in an infiltration system buoy boy that gets expensive exceptionally fast. if you get them up to 13 it still not anything to control bacteria. hundreds of thousands of dollars recurring and millions of dollars in investment in hvac system and that level words blocking out virus level particles. that's an almost and that the mobile amount of money.
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i know there is than a lot of discussion about purifiers and all of these things that if money gets siphoned away from good educational programs and technology solutions and staffing, that's the only thing. again we are trying to balance that. .. we are going to have a 3-foot rule and consistent masking really be the practicing back it implemented to get kids back in school. we need everybody to really understand that is what it looks like going forward. we have had 13000 kids of our 18000 kids back in school.
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we've been doing it for a month and a half. and we have last transmission, we have less instances of cases within our school. we haven't really had except for two instances, where there was transmission tween students or between staff and students. so, there is every indication when we get back, only fido is back-to-school's is going to be as safe in schools as they are the wider communities. it's funny, i'll end with, for time, congressman claire i think it was march 5, 2020 we all got called up to a face-to-face meeting as we were first considering what will be pandemic maine for all of us? i really do appreciate a year over a year later for coming back together to have the discussion. the amount of money that's available for investment we have to make sure we look at
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how we plant seeds to really benefit us in the future. i do not know that we will find ourselves in a position like this again where there is that much money in infrastructure being put towards educating children. so really do appreciate your leadership on all this. >> and i appreciate doctor your comment on that issue. none of us if asked 24 months ago, will you vote for $6 trillion in spending next year? we would have said are you out of your blood he mind? $6trillion in spending? that's a third of a gdp of the country about. we did that because we believed it was necessary. in the first four or five bills were bipartisan. this was not. no republican voted for this last bill.
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as i think all of you know they believe it was too an expenditure of money. however the majority made the conclusion that the challenge was of a magnitude that it required this kind of response. but, i will tell you if we do not spend this money wisely, not just for the short-term challenge of making a difference in the long term, we're going to be subject to a lot of criticism. so to your comment at the end was critical i'm going to be talking to all the municipalities as well about that very issue. some communities will get enough money they never conceived of having. the need to spend that wisely and effectively again at their option with what they are doing. but that is a very, very important point. we spend this money in a way that five years from now we see a result not just 12 months from now we receive
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results. i know putting kids on the school bus and getting into classrooms and stuff like this, hopefully as all of you know we put one under $60 billion into getting shots in arms, testing, tracing technology, pharmaceuticals, trying to make sure this is not going to be with us forever. that in a few months we are going to be at a place where having 60 kids on a school bus will not be what cdc guidelines say. we will have gotten hopefully for 75 -- 80 -- 85% vaccination in this country. and very frankly need to make substantial investment globally. obviously that is critically important we are not an island.
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separate and apart from the rest of the world. so thank you for that observation. it's very important we look at this money is not only short-term but long-term changing. so that in the future, five years from now people can say oy that money really made a difference and it's making a difference now. now let me go to the representative of the year old. represents teachers and george county and nationally. teresa thank you for being with us. that good morning congressman. first, i would like to say that i am very proud of the educators who have just stepped right up. my vice president had no idea how to use a google classroom we went to distance learning. as a 30 plus year educator she
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really dug in and many of her educators dug in. i just want to say while i am hearing a lot of conversations about educational law and gaps, i just want to say i know our teachers in prince george county, charles county all across the state of maryland are doing the best they possibly can to make sure our children are continuing to learn. and learning never really stops. i think there are definitely some lessons to be learned. and as we move forward to reopening the schools that we went to see, there are some steps that we need to take. then i will just in a second period first i want to thank doctor gholston for being so brave in this new world and saying look, we're going to take the time and make sure people are safe for the first
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semester of the school year. we are now heading back into schools which i am happy to hear about the resources that are coming our way. the big issue is how do we get our infrastructure in a place where safety is not all my god got to make our school safe. that when schools reopen fully that we are reopening the schools that we want to see. we have a unique opportunity in maryland right now to see resources like with never seen before. the passage and override of the blueprint has given us the opportunity to not only have state resources but federal resources coming into our districts at a time and infusion we probably will never see in our lifetime. so it is up to us to make sure
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we do things that these resources are not number one, supplanted and number two, that we address some of the mitigating factors. number one the ventilation systems and the aging infrastructure of our schools. many of our schools are not able to even utilize the filters because the hvac is so old. i know they're working diligently and trying to do this. you dipped offer a second i just gave you some roses about how proud i am of the work that you have been doing in working with us. we still have some underlying issues that we need to address. number one is, this is one of the big ones, is how do we address the technology divide?
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while we were able to provide resources to students, were not able to reach every single student with the technology. and also if we're going to use the technology, how do we make it so that educators can also afford the program. tonya and i discussed this when i met with her about how a lot of our educators cannot afford, especially the new teachers, to pay $60 a month for broadband internet access. and so it is very slow. you get dropped off and the ee rates program is not available for educators. many of our teachers after school her sitting in mcdonald's and starbucks trying to get on the internet when they're not in school because they did not want to do their schoolwork in the building after hours.
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i think the nurses issue is a big problem. many of our nurses are caught up in the delivery of service for the many hospitals and healthcare providers that are dealing with the covid virus. so it's been challenging for the school systems to make sure there are nurses in every school. that is something we are in conversation with. the other thing that we discussed and i have heard it mentioned by several of our school system leaders his the shortage of educators. i always wanted to be a teacher ever since fourth grade. but i let people steal my dream. i let people tell me teachers don't make any money so you should not get your degree in education. i went to college and i majored in something other than education.
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and then i was in between jobs are to substitute teaching. prince george's county public schools gave me the opportunity of providing me, i was working as a sub in the computer lab to return get my certification. i had to commit to a couple years of teaching. it gave me the opportunity to get into the profession. imagine where i could have been in this profession had i started purdum drink it pretty good right now don't get me wrong. what i'm saying is, had i not had that god how my going to pay all the student loans back because i decided to become a teacher? and i just can't afford the student loan payments. it is really a travesty that something that is such a human and civil right is education, we are losing the best and the
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brightest because they don't want to come teach because they're afraid they're not going to be able to have a standard of living that they think that should be able to have. i don't know if you know this or not congressman by adjustment elected to be the vice president elect for the maryland state education association. in one of the things i'm really going to work tirelessly on his making sure that we bring pride back to this profession and educators. i am proud to be a teacher. i am proud of all the work our members do. we definitely need the resources to make sure those students who are in that academy that were talking about, those are replicated. and we allow this educators to go on and get their certification so that they can teach without being laden with student loan debt. i want to go back to the technology for just a second period >> i want to get to
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some other people before we entered >> i will end whenever you tell me to it congressman. i just want to let you know we have three other people i want to have an opportunity before equipped. submit those are my big rocks i'm done. >> the right terrific things a lot for that. doctor curry, let me say, i told you my daughter has three children three of my great-grandchildren in school. in judy my granddaughter raves about the effort teachers of those three great-grandchildren did. some of the teachers came to their house and delivered material. that is how conscientious they were. they really are heroes, what they have gone through. and we really need to focus on that. >> thank you for sharing that. there are so many who do they work harder than they ever planned on working before and
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had to learn a lot of new things themselves. and have gone above and beyond. >> that was certainly judy, that's my granddaughters name as well as my wife's name is judy. judy just raves about the teachers and how conscientious they were. and how much help they gave her in helping the three children. and i think every parent in america appreciates what teachers do much more today than they did a year ago. wayne bauman national pta field service member, mr. bauman to have some observations you like to make? >> yes i will be very quick. as you have said i represent national pta. we have been working in maryland for the last year. i feel like i know maryland a little bit. but it represents a lot of things happening all over the country.
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i just want to dovetail and something set of already been said because they are true quite a few places. what the monies that have been allocated under the most recent legislation and what maryland appears to have been doing and what members of maryland have shared with us over the past year is flexibility and creativity have happened and will continue to happen using the funds that have been allocated. i think that is a changing pivot point in education. both across the country but here in maryland. i think congressman you voice it cannot remain the same. that has to be something different to justify the amount of allocated resources. and so it is an investment in education. i think it's going to be demonstrated. i think one thing that i will point out is the virtual education as i think can be important for many of our
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students who are risk. because while many at-risk students flirtation school, some of our students flourish virtually because they are bullied, they are picked on, they are isolated, they are marginalized in school. and what we have seen nationwide and i'm sure there's some in maryland who are flirting in a virtual setting because they do not have to go to school every day and are faced with a bullying episode. they can be in a virtual world at our learning and so forth. i think there are students who will benefit from a virtual setting, who would not flourish would not benefit in a face-to-face setting. so i appreciate the fact the schools are looking at a setting where some students could benefit and that type of educational setting. and as far as summer programs, i think that what might happen is some school should look at
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engaging parents and community and some of those learning opportunities to fill the gap where teachers may not feel that they can do that. but there are school systems across the country that are turning to parents and community to help do that. because parents haven't isolated in some of the education as well having to fill that gap. many parents of left their workforce to do that. they do not have the resources. would be an opportunity to help cover many of the sink to the double edge. educating parents and purveying the gap in learning of students as well. >> thank you very much mr. bauman. >> high good morning thanks for having me, katie will hear me okay i was having sound issues earlier. >> yes. >> i have been on probably
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conservatively two or 300 hours of the zoom calls about all this legislation. we have been working on it for a. somebody said this is a new initiative under joe biden. as all of you know we had five bills, a lot of discussion, to bills that were not passed. in any event the most consistent comments on every one of these conference calls is you are on mute. [laughter] you are on mute. [laughter] all of you have experienced that. i gave everybody a little cupholder and what it has on it is you are on mute. [laughter] we are glad we can hear you now. [laughter] awesome thank you. thank you for having us thank you for national pta to reaching out to me and gerard to invite us to this conversation today. i am a parent first. i've two girls who attend a
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school imprint george's county with a spanish emergent school. their specialty school. i also service pta president at overlook. i've had the pleasure during this tough year working with our principal and our families to bridge communication and continue to make sure the information and communication not only from our school system for school houses shared openly and widely to all of our families. in terms of that gap we see, i was one of those parents are member at the beginning of march really concerned. summer slide happens naturally during the summer. as were concerned about the cove it's slide. my kids attend specialty school cell language immersion able to see their teachers and hear the language is super important. we were not really getting that until he picked back up in april. our ptas and lightnings of their school by doing math
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night and family literacy night and steam night will repair provide materials to our family video curbside safe distance pickup so we can engage with them after hours. we have done things to keep them going socially and emotionally. a lot of kids cannot see each other in person but they do zoom calls. wishing to be part of the overload that everyone has. we have made a really important commitment to our families to make sure we share information. often times are schoolhouse are so busy working in the schoolhouse and what they need to do, information from our families are not often time trickle-down. doctor golson is that i nominal job during this pandemic engaging with their families by doing town halls, community meetings, communication. i the pleasure of serving on the transportation task force before the pandemic. we had a great plan to roll out then this happened.
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all of the work for the various verticals have really been i think far impressive, exceeded my expectations of the parents. and getting that information to our families sometimes they hop into the top does not often trickle-down because not everyone sees things. we worked really close to their schools to engage our families. our pta has 97 members spread we never had that many members of our pta prior to the pandemic. here we are in the pandemic and famines are joining our organization. they tune into pta meetings virtually. hope we get to keep because i think that's the way parents are so busy when we get back to real life whatever that looks like after this, we still want to be able to connect virtually. it's easier would have multiple kids in your split going many different places. from that perspective i would love to know how it will
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impact our schools imprint george's county part not just the county school system. i think the parents want to specifically know how it impacts their school and their children. but i've seen recently in the past couple days leading up to kids being back in the schoolhouse yesterday, some of these schools of data really good job of making videos ensuring this is what it looks like physically in our school. that's what our families eat to know. they're doing great, the county is doing fantastic. how does that trickle down to our school? how is our classroom going to look? what is pickup and drop-off look like? what are our kids doing with before and after care? what we do with clubs how does that work now? and houses money going to impact us long-term? resources for an issue prior to the pandemic. so all of that is even more of an issue. parents are even more
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connected with what's happening in the classroom. whether it's virtual or in school and what is happening in the schoolhouse. i think this pandemic is opened up our vision to all of these things. even down to curriculum. i have parents ask me questions are based must be learning this, that, in the other? mckay needs to go look at the core curriculum guidelines suit your student is learning at this point. the questions we are getting now are far deeper than he got in the past three years. i miss elementary i only have a third grader and a second grader i've not been doing this very long. but in my short time, our parents are super resilient. our kids of course have been amazing. for myself my kids had chosen to remain at home that's because they get home cooked meal three or four times a day which they would not get if they were in school. [laughter] i won't take up too much of our time i never going past our allotted time. i can talk about this forever. because i love my school, i
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love my students. i think now more than ever we need to embrace our families and share with each other and give them an opportunity to touch talk to each other. that's a vendor in this pandemic. given that only her pta members but our parents. we serve our entire schoolhouse. an opportunity for them to talk to each other during this time and share information. >> thank you for being with us i'm sure all the superintendents appreciate parents like yourself who are engaged or who are. in who are constructive. there are some that are destructive and nothing is done right. but to give constructive suggestions and give some assistance and reaching the realization of those improvements. so it lasts, but certainly not least mr. tyler who was also president of the pta. mr. tyler. threat good morning it almost good afternoon everyone. [screaming]
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we want to get there before noon. >> yes, sir. thank you again for having me. i really appreciate all the work you have done for our communities. it does not go unnoticed i just wanted to thank you. i echo many of the sediment set of already been made on this call. to quote my 93-year-old grandmother, you have to make lemonade. that is kind of the approach rp tsa in community kind of have. we did not ask for this. we are here, and a how do we make the best out of it? had it would provide the best educational opportunities are my scholars. i've said this in school board means i support her. she is on a phenomenal job. one of the things we have done and really focused on in our rate just make sure communities are connected. every wednesday morning we kind of moved to biweekly. we haven't eta clock call
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called coffee and conversations with our principles. we go week by week to just provide updates to our communities. to put the most complex things to the guidelines of the new rules of the day and a layman terms to our parents so they understand and comprehend where we are, what are we doing, what do we need to do to be safe and successful? we have done that work. one of the things are apparent perspective that i am hearing a lot is aware to be going to do over the summer? how do we close this educational gap the pandemic created? there's a number of things i know parents have put forth whether afterschool programs, summer programs, equity learning for our students. in particular focused on students with disabilities. some of our low income families and our ela learners. really making sure we are
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putting modules in place that would help our scholars. especially if they suffered educational loss for the pandemic to get caught up for the ten-day dance of the next grade. i know i am fortunate enough to be a proud parent of a seventh-grade who is a 4.0 student. she is flourishing. i am greatly appreciative of that. i also know from our teacher perspective have to give them a crash course in class or manager will have to manage theirs children while working there full-time job. our expectation and talking with their committee stakeholders was really ensuring that school is safe and remain safe. not just now but going into the next school year. but also per person expanding her mental health resources. we are dealing with children who have lost loved ones due
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to this pandemic. they are still processing. some of them are still grieving. some of them are still hurting. they are dealing with that. so mental health resources is critical. not just for our students but for our teachers. if you are like me have a faculty member who has passed away due to covid. it is not just affect our students it affects our staff, and affects her parents as well. so i'm looking for to seeing development of those things. and with the budget echoing what the spending past i'm excited about that. i look forward again to partner with the opportunities to partner with the administration and partner with other local units to come together and really just take a community approach to solve some of these issues. one thing i do commend is the
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new list of town halls and the outreach that her administration has had. in conversation that i mentioned i had both of them come on and for our community alone to say hey, this is what we have in our plan of operation. this is the amount of ppp stuff we have. these are the stakes we provide. those things really reassure our parents that hey, we're getting closer to figuring this thing out. where's in the best we can given the circumstances. i look forward to those educational opportunities to fill the education gap. to support and make sure our teachers and staff are safe and the expansion of her mental health resources. i really believe that is critical going forward as a move this pandemic. >> thank you very much all of you.
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and. [inaudible] next time we meet i'm going to have you choose a pta person to come on and say how one for all of you are. because i know there are a lot of them that would do just that. monica, you have insulted the group here with them real fans good for your parts brick i denied them pic of you all did. it's a great community. the pta pick them i'm glad they're here. how much i think the superintendents know what to think teresa representing the teachers -- that all of you work with. and the team to be colleagues and partners in this effort. again, we have made an extraordinary investment of the taxpayers money. and we are going to make some
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more. as you know president biden wants another two or $3 trillion to be invested to get our economy to be in a competitive spot with the rest of the world. which has invested a lot more in infrastructure has built back a better plan. but as i said at the beginning, no investment is more important than investing in our kids and their education. their well-being. mr. tyler, a number of you mention this in terms of your own school system. the mental health issue that we are confronting is then heightened substantially by covid-19 and what the american people have been through. what the kids have been through, what everybody has been through in terms of meeting this challenge. and so we are going to have to make sure our mental health system is up to that task. one thing we know that this
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covid-19 crisis has shown is that our public health system was not up to the crisis. our public health system needs to be beefed up. and i think we had some substantial negligent. i will not go beyond that in terms of done with this crisis in a timely and robust fashion. but having said that we are where we are. we are investing a lot of money. we are putting it in the hands of certainly the five of you. but also of our teachers, of our parents so that we can know and meet the crisis but come out better at the other end. you know, famously quoted as saying a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. what he meant by that of course is if you are confronted with a crisis and you are committed to building a back better that could be building back students, mental health capacity, et cetera et cetera. if you are committed to that you will come out better and
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will be a stronger country as a result. but it is going to require the good work of all of us. i am so proud of all of you who are involved in the educational system. which i believe and again judy was -- teresa judy was seven years of age. i guess it's second grade. her mother used to tell me judy knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was seven years of age. and she never diverted from that. we dated and she always knew she wanted to go to towson which is a teacher colleges of you know. we've got to make sure that we give incentives both in terms of status and in terms of economics to young people to make them want to be teachers. because we cannot afford -- the feminist movement and the
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women's rights movements which i've been a strong supporter was an absolute necessity. but life is a series of trade-offs. what a lot of young women had was a new choice, a different choice and they made a judgment. men as well. but largely young women. when i was at georgetown law school there were three women in my law school class my class was 136 people, three of them were women. now if you go to georgetown law school in any law school in the country over 50% are women. we were confronted as i said at the beginning the competition. and we needed that competition having committed innovative, bright, able, hardcharging teachers is essential to our society. but in any event let me end it up and think all of you for being with us. i hope those that were on,
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c-span is covering this. it is also being streamed. i hope they found something in here. if any of you have questions about specifics will be glad to answer them again our staff a call. give them a call at our office the congressional office with the majority leader's office. will be glad to handle that. as all of you know, san antonia hill is specifically one of my senior policy advisors along with rachel cider and others. on my team. the superintendents and as i think do anything we can do to help. any information sort of log jams we can unstick, he let us know we want to do everything we can to do the best
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opportunity you can possibly can because you are all so, so very good the people who work for you all is well three thank you all for participating. >> thank you congressman. we made it before the afternoon. select thank you >> go to c-span.org/coronavirus for the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. if you miss our live coverage, it is easy to find the latest briefings and the biden administration response using our interactive gallery of maps following the cases in the u.s. and worldwide. go to c-span.org/coronavirus. >> on monday, house republican conference chair liz cheney discusses the future of the republican party and the conservative movement. she will be speaking at georgetown university's institute of public politics and public service. watch monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. eastern, online at
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