(Madison) Assembly Republicans want Governor Evers to prioritize some $20-million-dollars in emergency school funding for rural districts that have been holding in-person classes for most of the current year. The $20-million in question comes from the federal CARES act, and must be distributed by January 20-22.
State Representative Mark Born says school district’s that have already been providing in-person education should be recognized and supported. The Beaver Dam Republican says they have spent time and resources to have kids safely in school and many have done so successfully. He adds that the state should provide financial support to offset the additional costs. Read Born’s full press release:
Today, Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and his Republican colleagues made a formal request to Governor Evers to direct additional funds to school districts that have been providing in person instruction since the beginning of the school year. Rep. Born signed on to a joint letter that asks that $20.8 million in additional Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds be directed to schools who are providing in-person learning. “We know that in-person education is what’s best for our kids,” said Rep. Born. “Schools throughout Wisconsin, including many here in the 39th Assembly District, have been providing in-person education since the beginning of the school year and have incurred extra costs to do so safely.”
The $20.8 million in additional Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds come from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) of 2021. These dollars are in addition to the original $46.6 million in GEER funds included in the CARES Act. Much of the $46.6 million was directed to school districts who are still providing little to no in-person learning. “School districts that have already been providing in-person education should be recognized and supported,” said Rep. Born. “They have spent time and resources to have our kids safely in school and many have done so successfully. We should provide financial support to offset these additional costs and applaud them for their efforts so far.”