White House press secretary Jane Saki on Monday defended the administration’s coronovirus relief package, which would not divert much of its education funding until after the current fiscal year.

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that just $ 6 billion of the $ 128 billion earmarked for K-12 public schools would flow into schools in 2021.

When asked about this, Sakchi suggested that the administration should help schools accelerate the use of funds.

“Well, a big part of the challenge here for many schools is that they have to work responsibly – and are threatened with budget cuts, instead of eliminating all balances as they spend the money according to the spending plan Need. As soon as they are received, “she said.

BIDEN’s $ BUDGET basis for 2021, 2021, CBO Estimates

“So the challenge here is how do they plan ahead? Correct? If they can hire additional teachers now for smaller class sizes or if they need to hire bus drivers or if they need to in their facilities They can be hired if they need to improve. “

She Added: “They want to know, like any business or company, that they will be able to employ teachers in the next year and year. So this money is so essential, because they need to be able. To plan ahead. So they can improve. Now, to hire. “

Saki’s remarks came amid widespread controversy over the reopening of schools and the administrator’s stance on that role. Organized labor Have played them in keeping d.

$ 128.5 billion in Biden American Rescue Plan Will flow primarily in the form of grants to be distributed to state and local education agencies.

A White House official previously clarified that the Biden administration would not allocate funds based on CBO projections, and said the president is committed to providing resources to schools that he needs to safely reopen to his students and fully Is required to serve, including more funding to cover COVID-19. Related costs, budget constraints and financial certainty.

The official said Biden’s proposal is based on a careful assessment of the immediate needs for the 2021 school year and next and the administration believes, based on this analysis, that the use of the fund is much higher than CBO’s estimates Will be done faster.

Granthshala News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.