State schools

Over $100 million in COVID-19 funds going to public schools

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Schools in Wisconsin will get a nine-figure cash injection as the Evers administration has indicated it will direct federal COVID-19 stimulus funds to help them recover from the pandemic.

“Our children and our schools have faced unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic – from distance learning to reduced class sizes, to spending money that had been budgeted for pencils. in PPE,” Governor Tony Evers said in a statement announcing the move.

Evers’ camp claimed the $110 million that will go to schools across the state follows through on the pledge it made when it signed the 2021-23 budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature. The administration argued that while the budget delivered on the commitment to spend two-thirds of its resources on education, it left “unfinished business” at all levels of the education system.

A chart listing the amount each school district would receive from the initiative indicated that the Madison Metropolitan School District would receive more than $3.5 million. The Janesville School District will receive $1.2 million. The Sun Prairie School District is also slated for more than $1 million, while Middleton Cross Plains sits just under that figure.

The $110 million total breaks down to about an additional $133 per student, the administration explained.

Despite the new infusion of funds, Wisconsin State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly warned that the state was heading for a “fiscal cliff after federal COVID-19 relief funds ran out.” She added that state officials have warned lawmakers that the one-time money, which she noted comes with restrictions on how it could be used, will not meet the needs of Wisconsin students.

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