GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: May 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them.

General

Funding & Economic Impact 

Higher Education

  • (California) Coronavirus set to chop $2 billion from California higher ed — but financial aid survives
    • State financial aid that thousands of students rely on to attend public institutions has been largely spared despite Governor Newsom’s spending cuts in the revised budget proposal
  • House Passes Coronavirus Relief Measure Containing Numerous Higher Ed Provisions
    • UNCF highlighted the following provision of the HEROES Act benefiting HBCUs and their students: $1,708,000,000 in funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs); the ability of the secretary of education to create flexibilities around the allowable uses for institutions participating in the Minority Science Engineering and Improvement Program to use their grant award amounts to respond to the needs presented by COVID-19; and the removal of the $62 million cap in the HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, which frees up additional resources for HBCUs to respond adequately to COVID-19
  • State Funding Hit to Higher Education Could Be Worse Than Great Recession
    • Overall state support for higher education has fallen on a per-student basis since 2000; while federal funding has risen and the current recession likely will accelerate this major shift in government funding for public higher education.
  • Washington colleges brace for potential 15% cut in state funding
    • Washington’s public colleges and universities, already taking financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic, may have to contend with a 15% reduction in state funding in the next fiscal year – a move that could cost jobs and academic programs.

K-12 Education

  • (Georgia) Gwinnett County Public Schools set to receive $32.2M in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds
    • Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are anticipating millions of dollars in federal funds will help offset steep budget cuts that are expected to come from state officials because of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • (Los Angeles, USD) LAUSD Leader: Budget Cuts ‘Just As Real A Threat’ To K-12 Students As Virus
    • California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that a sharp drop in state revenues could force the state to slash funding for K-12 education by roughly 10% — comparable to the hit schools took in the Great Recession — unless the federal government steps in with aid immediately.
  • (Ohio) Schools get federal stimulus; formula has clear winners, losers
    • Ohio’s K-12 schools will receive at least $489 million in federal money to offset last week’s $355 million state budget cut, but because the federal and state approaches use very different formulas, some schools will come out of the current trade-off way ahead and others way behind. Ohio cites that since the federal CARES Act allocates more of its money to schools that serve a lot of poor families, certain school districts such as Dayton will “win” and be able to cover their budget cuts where others like Beavercreek will be far below.
  • Fall school reopening plan: Ohio superintendent wary of full August return
    • Superintendent Paolo DeMaria is pressing that the Ohio Department of Education’s role is not to advocate for a particular model, but to present resources for a variety of models, so local school boards, superintendents and others can choose the approach that works best for their community. DeMaria gave the example that schools in rural areas with poor broadband and less coronavirus cases may need to come back to schools where other districts evaluate remote learning options more heavily.
  • Private schools in Kentucky to get greater share of COVID-19 relief than Indiana counterparts
    • The Kentucky Department of Education is following U.S. Department of Education CARES Act guidance that money should flow through local school districts to private schools based on overall enrollment data. And the Indiana Department of Education is relying on its own interpretation of the CARES Act and has directed school corporations to distribute funds based on the numbers of impoverished students served by private schools under Title I of the Every Students Succeeds Act during the 2019-20 school year.
    • Both states are acting by guidelines issued by the US DOE but show the different interpretations across the states in terms of funding allocations.
  • The Coronavirus Put a $650 Million Hole in the Kansas Budget, and Even K-12 is on the Cutting Board
    • In mid-March the state approved its K-12 budget which included nearly $120 million more for primary education which came in just before COVID-19 went rampant throughout the US.
    • K-12 schools also make up close to half of the state’s spending and no cuts have been made as of yet but are likely to do so for the entire state’s recovery.
  • (North Dakota) Help spend $33 million in money for ND education
    • DPI Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has set up an online survey for educators, family members, education groups, advocacy organizations and state lawmakers asking for their views on how federal aid spending should be prioritized, improving distance learning and how best to support student learning needs during this pandemic.
  • House Passes COVID-19 Bill With Aid for Schools.
    • The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday that includes additional aid for K-12 schools, but which has little chance of passing the Senate.

Health Care

Social Services 

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Ohio policies cushion the pandemic’s impact on electric utilities
    • Ohio utilities saw electricity sales drop this spring as the coronavirus pandemic prompted schools and businesses across the state to close.
  • Coronavirus Wipes Out 5 Years of US Solar Job Growth
    • According to a new SEIA analysis, the American solar industry now employs around 188,000 people, down from 250,000 at the beginning of the year. Many of those jobs could come back in an economic rebound. Still, it's a stark reversal for what had been one of the country’s fastest-growing industries, forecast by SEIA to reach more than 300,000 jobs by June of this year before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.