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RECOVER Act Would Give Unspent ARPA Education Funds to Parents for Bolstering Educational Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) has cosponsored legislation to redirect unspent federal funds to empower parents to help their children regain learning losses from pandemic school closures.

The Raising Expectations with Child Opportunity Vouchers for Educational Recovery (RECOVER) Act (S.4753) would allow states and school districts to use unspent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) education funding on providing Child Opportunity Scholarships to parents directly.

“We are seeing the price paid by students because of the long pandemic shutdown of our schools.  We can begin to help recover learning losses by giving parents resources directly to use on what will help their children academically,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Committee.  “The RECOVER Act is a responsible way to use what would be otherwise wasted ARPA dollars to empower families.”

As of May, states and school districts had yet to spend 93 percent of the $122 billion from the Democrats’ ARPA for education.  At the same time, national test results in elementary school math and reading have fallen to levels not recorded in more than 20 years.

The Child Opportunity Scholarships outlined in the RECOVER Act would be targeted for low-income families to be used for educational opportunities, including: tutoring services, private school tuition, books and other curriculum materials, testing fees; and educational therapies for children with disabilities.  This legislation does not authorize new spending.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced S.4753, which has been endorsed by the American Federation for Children, Parents Defending Education Action, Heritage Action, and Independent Women’s Voice.

“States and school districts have only spent a fraction of the education funds they received through the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan — leaving kids helpless as they struggle to recover from academic setbacks,” Scott said.  “It’s clear that big-government bailouts won’t solve our education crisis.  That’s why the RECOVER Act allows those funds to flow to a much better steward: parents.”

Additional S.4753 cosponsors include Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), James Risch (R-Idaho), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).  A companion measure (HR.8671) has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Click here to read a copy of S.4753, the RECOVER Act. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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