GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 03, 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

  • Looking toward fall, Connecticut colleges seek shield from COVID-19 lawsuits
    • Connecticut’s public and private universities are lobbying both Congress and the Lamont administration for a shield from lawsuits from students, visitors, faculty and other staff who may contract the virus on campus. They are also concerned about class action suits over payment of tuition for classes that have been canceled or moved online.
  • (Idaho) State Board of Ed wants extra COVID relief dollars to go toward remote learning
    • Idaho has almost $16 million to spend on K-12 and higher education as part of Governor Brad Little’s emergency education relief fund.
    • The plans for the $16 million in funding is to support the partnership between Idaho Public Television and Idaho Digital Learning Academy; and the money would also help expand the K-6th grade curriculum. And finally, to improve and update Idaho’s public colleges and universities' technology infrastructure.
  • University of Illinois System News: Financial Update
    • To manage the financial impact of coronavirus the University of Illinois System is only hiring for vacant positions considered critical, reducing travel and related expenses, reducing non-personnel expenses such as supplies and purchased services, and slowing down or postponing capital projects, except ones strategically vital or already in progress.

K-12 Education

  • How Districts, States Can Survive the COVID-19 Recession
    • This article offers insights into actions school districts can take to mitigate losses from COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hayes Joins 100-Plus Members Of Congress In Historic $305 Billion Funding Push For K-12 Schools
    • Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), have led 111 colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leadership strongly urging the inclusion of $305 billion in K-12 education stabilization funding as part of upcoming coronavirus response legislation.
  • Kansas School Funding Looks Good On Paper, But Deep Cuts Are Expected Due To The Pandemic
    • Based on project deficits throughout the state including with K-12 public schools they are very likely to see budget cuts of up to 8% and Kansas historically has spent more than half its revenue on education. To put that percentage in perspective, in a big district like Shawnee Mission in Johnson County, an 8% cut would be the difference between ending the school year with a $7 million surplus and a $13 million deficit.
  • Most California districts would get more in federal aid than they’d lose in budget cuts
    • From the CARES Act California’s K-12 schools would receive enough to cover more than 90% of the $6.4 billion that Newsom is proposing to cut from school districts’ and charter schools’ funding in the next state budget to make up for a massive projected decline in tax revenue.
    • Newsom is proposing a cut of approximately 8% of districts’ general fund, known as the Local Control Funding Formula. It provides a base amount and additional funding for “high-needs” students: English learners, and low-income, homeless and foster students in every district.
    • An EdSource analysis projects that 60.4% of school districts that receive their funding through the funding formula would get more CARES Act funding than they’d lose in cuts to the funding formula.
  • (Ohio) Coronavirus: DeWine says he wants K-12 schools open in the fall
    • Gov. Mike DeWine said he fully intends to have Ohio’s K-12 schools reopen in the fall and stressed it will be up to local school districts to determine start dates.
    • The Ohio Department of Health is currently working on guidelines for districts to allow students to return to school.

Health Care

Social Services 

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • (North Carolina) Duke Energy Prepares for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19
    • As the June 1 start of hurricane season arrives, Duke Energy is preparing to respond to power outages as quickly as possible – while also adapting to the extra challenges of protecting the health and well-being of the company's employees, customers, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Development/Housing