Rep. Tiffany Introduces Bill To Reopen Schools

June 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) and Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) are introducing the Reopen Our Schools Act. This legislation halts a school's federal funding if they refuse to reopen for in-person learning in the fall. 

"These open-ended school shutdowns have set students back, made it harder for teachers to teach, and pushed parents to the breaking point." said Tiffany. "It's time to reopen America and get back to school."

"Protecting the elderly and vulnerable and restoring regular, in-person classroom activities are not mutually exclusive goals." said Tiffany.

The Reopen Our Schools Act encourages state officials to move to reopen without overly restrictive conditions, based on the fact that students are not a high risk category.

Additional Background: 

  • The bill prohibits schools (elementary to university) from receiving FY20 funds unless they reopen by September 8th
  • Schools must provide a plan to reopen *safely*
  • The Secretary of Education can create a waiver process at her discretion
  • Only in-person classes count as re-opening
  • Maximum liability protection for schools