On Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers announced that more than $80 million in financial assistance would be given to Wisconsin K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
More than $46 million will be given to K-12 schools and $37 million will be given to higher education institutions to assist with "challenges faced relating to the COVID-19 pandemic."
“Our educators, faculty members, staff, and students have risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting with very little warning, and planning for a new normal,” said Evers in a press release. “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.”
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The money for K-12 schools is coming from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) that was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES). Districts will be prioritized by those that have "the highest remote learning needs and have been the most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."
The $37 million for higher ed institutions will be provided from the CARES act and will be used to reimburse spending made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.