Education Department not budging on colleges’ pleas for more pandemic relief

EdScoop: As colleges and universities face uncertain months ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, higher education leaders are continuing their pleas to the federal government for more assistance to sustain their operations and maintain their financial health. But the Education Department, led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, is pushing back, claiming that schools don’t need anymore relief.

When colleges were forced to move classes online as the pandemic took hold in March, Congress awarded $14 billion in grants to higher education institutions through the CARES Act. But schools have continued to ask lawmakers for more as they keep losing revenue and accruing expenses.

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