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More coronavirus relief for private schools opposed by Religious coalition

A broad coalition of religious groups, including three Baptist organizations, has asked the U.S. Senate to avoid using public education dollars to assist private schools in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. The Senate GOP’s HEALS Act would provide $1 trillion for economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing funds for hospitals and businesses, and boosting unemployment benefits, the legislation proposes to support schools. It is the education portion of the Health, Economic Assistance Liability Protection & Schools Act that worries the Alliance of Baptists, the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, and other signers of a July 24 letter addressed to Senate leadership. “Specifically, we...