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Schools around the country are reporting record numbers of students who are homeless or poor enough to qualify for free school meals and record numbers of students needing donated backpacks and school supplies because their families cannot afford to buy them. According to one study, at least 41 states faced, or are facing, shortfalls in their budgets for this year and/or next. At least 16 states are cutting or proposing cuts in K12 and early education; 17 have implemented or proposed cuts to public colleges and universities; and several of them are also reducing access to child care and early education.
"The time to act boldly is now," said Van Roekel. "We urge the Senate to act quickly to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, because investing in schools is good economics. Timely action by the Senate will go a long way toward providing students with 21st century learning environments and ensuring great public schools for all students."