GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 01, 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

  • How to deploy an enterprise analytics platform during a pandemic
    • Many state and local governments are realizing the necessity for data-driven decision-making as a result of COVID-19.
  • Arkansas governor creates board to review COVID-19 tracing tech
    • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the creation of an 12-member panel tasked with reviewing technologies that the state may use in developing a contact-tracing program to track the spread of the coronavirus.
    • The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board includes officials from the state departments of Health and Information Systems, other statewide agencies and the University of Arkansas.
  • Kansas Setting Record For Mail Ballot Requests Amid Pandemic
    • Kansas election officials are encouraging voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic The mail ballot applications have reached a historic rate of 57,000 as of yet and is expected to increase.
  • Fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths, as Rhode Island begins Phase 2 of reopening economy
    • As Rhode Island begins the second phase of reopening its economy Monday, the state Health Department is reporting a drop in new daily cases of COVID-19, fewer people hospitalized, and fewer deaths.
  • Hurricane Season Collides With Coronavirus, As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies
    • Coastal states from Maine to Texas have been scrambling to revise hurricane emergency plans to take the pandemic into account.
    • They’re rethinking everything — from evacuation routes and shelters to stockpiling personal protective equipment and communicating new procedures, says North Carolina meteorologist Katie Webster. She coordinates monthly calls with emergency managers through the National Emergency Management Association and is director of the natural hazards branch of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • Rep. Shalala Addresses Federal Higher Education Policy in Post-COVID World
    • Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) the first-term lawmaker and former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton said the federal government has yet to do enough to help students and institutions who have been adversely impacted, saying the stimulus package passed in March was just the first step in offsetting the financial impact the virus has had.
  • Trump Vetoes Move to Ease Loan Forgiveness for Defrauded Students
    • Without Trump’s veto, the bipartisan congressional resolution — passed with the support of 10 Senate Republicans — would have overturned a Department of Education rule that makes it harder for student borrowers to prove the colleges they enrolled in defrauded them. Trump’s veto means Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s rule, released last year, will go into effect July 1. The administration says Devos’ rule will save the federal government $11 billion over the next decade.
  • UTSA professor awarded NSF grant for COVID-19 research
    • Researchers from UTSA and the University of Kansas have launched a study to investigate the life and academic challenges that STEM faculty and students around the U.S. are facing—particularly in their mentor-mentee relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic.Guan Saw, an assistant professor of educational psychology in UTSA’s College of Education and Human Development, will co-lead the new project with Chi-Ning Chang of the University of Kansas. Support in the form of a $153,899 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation, using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, will help fund their research.
  • Oklahoma State Regents pass higher education COVID-19 response measures in May 29 meeting
    • The regents unanimously passed an item on the agenda approving the allocation of state-approved funds to higher education institutions and programs for FY 2021. The 2020 State Legislature approved $770,414,742 for allocation to Oklahoma colleges and universities — a 3.95 percent decrease from last year’s appropriation of $802,070,058.

K-12 Education

  • (California) Schools issue warning: Coronavirus testing and tracing are needed before campuses reopen
    • Raising the possibility that campuses won’t reopen in the fall, leaders of the state’s two largest K-12 school systems demanded that public health authorities, not school districts, take the lead on setting up coronavirus testing and contact tracing of students and employees.
  • (Oregon) OSU Board Approves $124 Million In Cuts Due To Covid-19
    • Oregon State University is getting ready to slash its budget for next school year because of financial impacts from Covid-19. The Board of Trustees approved $124-million dollars in cuts.
  • (New Jersey) West Orange Superintendent Addresses Impact of State Aid Reductions
    • After Gov. Phil Murphy announced that approximately $335 million has been cut from his original school-funding proposal as a result of the financial impact of the pandemic, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Cascone had an optimistic outlook on the revised proposal, stating that reduction is not as steep as the district expected and explaining how another federal grant will help offset the loss of state aid.
  • Arizona Releases Guidelines For How To Safely Reopen Public Schools
    • The Arizona Department of Education release guidance for public schools put together by a task force of teachers, principals, school nurses, and other administrative leaders.
    • The document outlines precautions such as social distancing of desks in classrooms, reduction in class sizes, marking one way routes in hallways, and installation of sneeze guards and partitions where physical distancing is not possible. The report does not address if schools will be provided funding to pay for additional resources such as cleaning materials.
  • Georgia Dept. of Education releases guidelines for K-12 schools to reopen
    • The Georgia Department of Education has released a set of "considerations and recommendations" for returning the state's schools to normalcy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Georgia's Path To Recovery for K-12 Schools is a document that has been focused on health and physical requirements necessary for reopening school facilities across the state.
  • Department of Education Announces $180 Million Grant Program Under CARES Act
    • The $180 million discretionary Rethink K–12 Education Models Grant will be available to states most affected by the coronavirus so they can “create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities” for all K–12 students, according to a press release from the Department of Education. It is funded by the Education Stabilization Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which also authorized $127.5 million for short-term postsecondary and work-based learning programs.

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