Governor Evers has announced more than $80 million for K-12 and higher education schools, including $46.6 million for K-12 schools and $37 million to higher education to help offset challenges related to COVID-19.
“I’ve always said what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state, so I am hopeful this funding can help alleviate expenses already incurred and further creative efforts to transition between in-person learning and distance learning seamlessly as we prepare for the upcoming fall semester and continue to fight COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” Evers said in a statement.
WEAC President Ron “Duff” Martin praised the governor’s action, noting, “The governor is fully aware of the key role public schools have in economic recovery. Educators and students must have the resources necessary to safely reopen schools. Our union is urging every Wisconsinite to get involved, there is no time to wait. Our collective future depends on public schools being ready for the next school year.”
The $46.6 million for K-12 comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, the funding for which came from the CARES Act. The funding will prioritize students and districts that have the highest remote learning needs and have been the most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Educators led efforts to get the CARES Act passed, and are now demanding the U.S. Senate pass the HEROES Act, which would provide additional federal funding for schools to serve students and families struggling during the health crisis.