(The New York Times) On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARP Act), a $1.9 trillion economic relief package. The ARP Act includes $2.75 billion specifically earmarked for private schools. This amounts to about $500 per private school student nationally. The move came over the objections of some Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and public school advocates who have fought efforts to funnel federal money to private schools. A previous coronavirus stimulus signed by Trump in December included $2.75 billion for private schools hit hard by the pandemic, a move backed by Orthodox and Roman Catholic groups. The current package directs governors to prioritize the private-school funding for schools serving disadvantaged students and private schools “most impacted” by the virus.
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