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senate Bill S. 1866

Making More Grants Available to Schools Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Argument in favor

This bill would help young Americans pursue an uninterrupted education despite the effects of recent hurricanes and help impacted communities recover.

Anthony's Opinion
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09/28/2017
Sure why not as long as it includes Puerto Rico and any other territory that is part of the US that's just common sense.
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Paul's Opinion
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09/28/2017
PUBLIC schools only, not private. But I don't trust DeVos to do anything to help anyone but her pals and croniies, and they don't benefit from public education - unless, of course, they came up through it (but I'll bet that's a timy minority of the 1% of the 1%).
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kibby713's Opinion
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09/30/2017
Public schools only. Private institutions can recover not using tax dollars.
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Argument opposed

Congress doesn’t need to make changes to the allocation of existing grants to try and help schools and students affected by recent hurricanes.

Amalthea's Opinion
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09/28/2017
Eliminate private schools from this bill. They are not our responsibility to afford, replace or support.
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Annie's Opinion
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09/28/2017
Needs to be public school specific and include US territories.
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Jana's Opinion
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09/28/2017
Not enough check and balance, not enough info
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  • EnactedSeptember 29th, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed September 26th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
    IntroducedSeptember 26th, 2017

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What is Senate Bill S. 1866?

This bill would provide relief to schools affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to help Americans pursue an uninterrupted education as their communities rebuild. The Secretary of Education would be authorized to waive the federal matching requirement for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and the Federal Work Study program. Any remaining grant funds (up to $17.5 million) would be reallocated to colleges and universities in hurricane-impacted areas to provide financial aid to students harmed by the storms.

Grants provided under the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program would be available to private schools to fund mental health assessments, meet emergency transportation needs, and cover increased costs for teacher overtime.

Impact

Students, teachers, and schools; and the Dept. of Education.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1866

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement praising the unanimous passage of this legislation by the Senate:

“Hurricanes Harvey hit Texas right at the start of the school year, causing delays, damage to schools, and difficult circumstances for both teachers and students. With this bill, we can help young Americans continue to pursue an uninterrupted education, and continue to deliver on our promise to provide relief to those suffering in the wake of these severe storms.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: welcomia / iStock)

AKA

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to provide the Secretary of Education with waiver authority for the reallocation rules and authority to extend the deadline by which funds have to be reallocated in the campus-based aid programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 due to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria, to provide equitable services to children and teachers in private schools, and for other purposes.

    Sure why not as long as it includes Puerto Rico and any other territory that is part of the US that's just common sense.
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    Eliminate private schools from this bill. They are not our responsibility to afford, replace or support.
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    PUBLIC schools only, not private. But I don't trust DeVos to do anything to help anyone but her pals and croniies, and they don't benefit from public education - unless, of course, they came up through it (but I'll bet that's a timy minority of the 1% of the 1%).
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    Needs to be public school specific and include US territories.
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    Not enough check and balance, not enough info
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    Sadly, I question any Republican sponsored bill since the majority are named the opposite of what they are. This bill looked great—of course help kids get support and structure at school— until the punchline about private schools. Another wolf in sheep’s clothing, touting helping students after hurricanes that gives money to the wealthy via charter schools. This is a no vote for me reluctantly.
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    Public schools only. Private institutions can recover not using tax dollars.
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    I just wish this would include Puerto Rico as well (since it is an American territory and every Puerto Rican is American).
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    The is something fishy with this bill. It is like a dozen others that look good and seem on the surface to be good. But we need more time to look under the hood. It smells like a lemon disguise like a peach.
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    The majority of this bill makes sense to me until you get to the line that includes the private school sector. I need to understand if this is both profit and nonprofit private schools. If profit, these schools are better known as "for profit" businesses that are capable of obtaining insurances for such events as well as accruing private funds from profits. They should be handled the same as any other "for profit" business. I would vote "yes" if any inclusion of "for profit" private schools is deleted.
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    Stop handing out money, that's why we have insurance
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    PUBLIC schools only; private schools should be able to qualfy for low interest loans, not free tax dollars
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    We need to do so that we can to get schools back up and running after natural disasters. This needs to include our US territories and be limited to public schools as tax payers shouldn't have to pay for private institutions that aren't open to all.
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    I don’t know about you, but let’s get the school system out of the Federal Government. So focus people, this is a state issue. Thus, Texas and Florida, you have a problem. Sure the Feds can help- help forcing Federalism tentacles into creating new laws to mold our young mines. We citizens want local control of schools and our children. It’s bottom up, not top down.
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    This probably would amount to double funding, do not vote for this.
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    For people in developing stages of their life it is important to maintain as much routine and stability as possible. Especially for elementary students. With 1/4 kids having food insecurity, often times school provided meals are the only times they eat. Schools are so much more than just educational institutions, especially for low income areas.
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    It was not the student or the school’s fault that Hurricane Irma came and impacted their campuses and financial situations. As a student impacted by Hurricane Irma, I know that this bill could help schools and students to get back on track.
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    They need it. They’ve been downtrodden so long. And forgive those illegal triple tax free bonds they were force to issue. It’s illegal
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    Yes, but.....this should be for public education and not private.
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    We should show support for the people that have been affected by the hurricanes in any way we can. Many high school seniors are having to stay and help instead of going to College.
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