Metro New Orleans school board members are teaming with school leaders around the country to urge President Donald Trump for an increase to emergency aid for students and teachers in light of coronavirus-caused closures.
In a letter sent to the White House, 41 school board leaders in 12 states asked for $200 billion in emergency aid for new technology and an expansion of school hours.
The School Board Partners said the money would be in addition to the $13 billion already allocated through the CARES Act.
Orleans Parish School Board President Ethan Ashley said the letter came after weeks of monitoring the federal government's response to the COVID-19 emergency, particularly after school districts scrambled to create remote learning plans.
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