Transparency Needed as Funding from CARES Act Reaches States, Districts

Transparency Needed as Funding from CARES Act Reaches States, Districts

April 1, 2020

Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Jim Cowen explains the need for transparency for funds provided by the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in this piece published by Forbes. While flexibility for state leaders is essential, Cowen argues that “the Department of Education should require a minimal level of transparency for these funds” because “federal policy and resources must always be a force for equity,” which was the goal of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That is why 12 organizations are pushing the DOE to “include a few essential questions for state education agencies in their application to acquire emergency funding.”