GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: May 29, 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

  • Higher Ed Groups Write to Congress for COVID-19 Liability Protections to Colleges
    • The American Council on Education and dozens of other groups representing higher education institutions wrote to Congress on Thursday urging the quick enacting of temporary and targeted liability protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic for colleges and universities.
  • California college students fear pandemic will derail graduation, new poll shows
    • An Education Trust poll found 77% of college students nationally and 75% of California students had concerns about staying on track to graduate because of the coronavirus. This is just the first glimpse into how students are feeling about online learning and keeping them on track.
    • With students extending their tenure at college this could give the university more money in tuition, cost the government more in financial aid, and hurt the university’s reputation on graduation rates and job success.

K-12 Education

  • (California) Cash-strapped Bay Area school district braces for cuts in state funding
    • West Contra Costa Unified School District was already spending beyond its means prior to COVID-19, and now has an estimated deficit of $48 million by 2022.
  • (Michigan) Whitmer: Congress can prevent deep cuts; K-12 is priority
    • Governor Whitmer says that protecting K-12 funding is her priority as Michigan seeks federal bailout to avoid steep spending cuts during the pandemic
  • (Oklahoma) K-12 school budget built on one-time funding
    • Board members were informed that the state appropriation for schools in the 2020-2021 school year includes $73.1 million redirected from the state teachers’ retirement system, $38.8 million redirected away from state law enforcement and firefighter pension systems, $180 million redirected from a state transportation fund, $30 million taken from medical marijuana sales, and $243.6 million from the Constitutional Reserve Fund (the state’s “rainy day” savings fund).
  • Philly schools avoid budget cuts despite COVID-19 economic pain
    • Philadelphia’s Board of Education unanimously passed a $3.5 billion budget for the 2020-21 school year without making any drastic budget cuts.
    • That counts as a small victory for the School District of Philadelphia, which just a month ago thought it would have a budget hole of nearly $40 million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans
    • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department of Education has approved six career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are the first six states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018.
    • CTE programs are a huge initiative for schools, states, and cities to ensure students are employable and are something likely to increase activity with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Rethinking utility customer engagement in trying times
    • Stay-at-home orders across the U.S. are creating a unique situation for energy providers. While overall energy usage is down with many non-essential businesses still closed, residential usage is up nearly 20%, especially at peak hours, raising consumers' energy bills.

Natural Resources/Environment            

  • (Wyoming) Yellowstone To Open Montana Entrances June 1; Wyoming Entrances Already Open
    • Yellowstone says COVID-19 mitigation efforts are being implemented in the park and include: providing additional protective barriers where needed, encouraging the use of masks or facial coverings in high density areas; metering visitor access in certain locations; increasing cleaning frequency of facilities; adding signage on boardwalks and other public spaces; and messaging to visitors through a variety of methods.