Do public schools close if the government shutdown lasts longer than five days?
All the moms were saying this at drop off this morning
Best answer :
states govern public schools within them and fund them. They always have and always will. Public education is a states rights issue. A state could even chose not to have public schools at all (unlikely but it's thier right).
Sometimes schools and states opt to accept federal funds to help with schools. Usually those funds come with a catch attached, such as federally mandated tests or following styles of learning such as Common Core.
If the shut down continues some states or districts might opt to stop parts of some programs that rely heavily on federal funds. Most districts are capable of continuing programs for at least a month if not longer without getting the funds, they will use some state funds to cover the federal ones if they must (because eventually the shut down will end and they will make up the difference).
Schools themselves will not shut down or run out of money unless a particular state's government shuts down, without giving schools a budget. Even then most states considered teachers essential and critical workers and require them to report to work under the conditions of a state shut down.
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