As Ohio braces for an expected $2.5 billion revenue shortfall in this fiscal year due to the coronavirus crisis and the resulting economic downturn, tens of thousands of educators’ jobs are on the chopping block in the state.
An analysis by the NEA shows 44,926 education jobs are at risk in Ohio unless the federal government provides critical funding to mitigate the decline in the state’s revenue. Money earmarked in the House-passed HEROES Act could save 27,909 Ohio jobs if the Senate does the right thing and passes the measure.
Passage of the HEROES Act would save the jobs of more than 800,000 educators nationally. It would also provide funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), digital learning, and help address the systemic underfunding of schools in lower income areas , all of which are needed to safely reopen our schools.
Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is crucial to the passage of this bill. He needs to hear from you, and the voices of all educators, to urge him to support the HEROES Act.
Write to your legislators and urge them to take action. A sample letter is provided.