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People hold signs and honk their horns at the Open Schools Car Rally and press conference organized by The Students First Coalition on Monday, in Los Angeles. Supporters gather at the Board of Supervisors Office to encourage Los Angeles County to reopen schools during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 relief bill being considered by Congress would provide schools with $130 billion in new flexible funds, the largest one-time federal investment in K-12 education in U.S. history.

Schools need this money to support students through distance learning, safely resume in-person instruction, help with students’ socio-emotional issues, and let them catch up on the studies they missed during the pandemic. It would be a big step toward supporting students and educators at a critical time.