WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona at Fairfax High School to highlight summer learning opportunities for students preparing to return to in-person learning in the fall.
Rep. Lieu and Secretary Cardona were joined by former NBA player Jason Collins, CAA Foundation Director of Development Deborah Marcus, entertainment executives, artists, and education non-profit leaders to discuss how the American Rescue Plan and the Biden-Harris Administration are helping schools and communities recover from the pandemic. This “Field Day” mentoring event is a part of the READY SET initiative, created by the Creative Artists Agency Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with leading service organizations MENTOR, VolunteerMatch, schoolhouse.world, and the federal agency for national service and volunteering AmeriCorps
“This has been an incredibly difficult period for students, families and education professionals who have had to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, we have incredibly effective vaccines that more and more youngsters are gaining access to. While we’re beginning to turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to continue to make investments in our communities and in families as we recover from this challenging time.
“Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan as a fundamental piece of our post-COVID 19 recovery effort. It provided $130 billion to help schools safely reopen. It also increased the Child Tax Credit so that, starting tomorrow, families with children will receive thousands in assistance.
“It was my pleasure to join the Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona this morning to talk about the progress we’ve made helping students return to school. I look forward to continuing to champion ways to support families in our district.”
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