State educators are urging the U.S. Senate to move forward and pass the federal Heroes Act which includes 1.3 billion dollars in education funding for Minnesota. Heather Bakke teaches in the Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School District and says if the economic damage brought by the Coronavirus pandemic goes unchecked Minnesota will lose more than 48-thousand education jobs over the next three years:

“To survive and recover from this pandemic safely re-open our schools and allow people to safely return to work to restore our economy we have to maintain critical state and local services”

Bakke says districts are struggling:

“Right now public schools are fending for themselves to find a way for PPE(Personal Protection Equipment)cleaning supplies, fixing sinks…additional technology and more.”

It’s been more than 3 months since the House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion COVID relief plan called the Heroes Act. It remains stalled in the Senate.