While things have been relatively quiet in Madison, Washington DC has been a busy place. Here’s the third in a series of updates on the most noteworthy developments.
Centers for Disease Control Publishes Re-Opening Guidelines
Last week, the CDC published guidelines for reopening the economy, including schools and child care centers, in a 62-page document titled, “CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.”
The CDC advised, “All decisions about following these recommendations should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other State and local authorities who can help assess the current level of mitigation needed based on levels of COVID-19 community transmission and the capacities of the local public health and healthcare systems, among other relevant factors.”
While things have been relatively quiet in Madison, things in Washington DC have been busy. Here’s the second in a series of updates on the most noteworthy developments.
USED Non-binding Equitable Guidance to Non-Public Schools Spawns Confusion, Criticism:
The federal CARES Act, passed in late March, provided $13.1 billion in emergency “education stabilization” funding for K-12 schools nationwide. Part of that new law requires that public school districts that receive education stabilization funds under the act must provide equitable services to non-public schools within their boundaries in the same manner as they provide those services under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). (more…)
With things relatively quiet in Madison, things in Washington DC have been busy. Here’s the first in a series of updates on the most noteworthy developments.
Congress Appears to be Moving Toward Approving a Another Emergency Supplemental Bill with Relief for State and Local Governments and Schools
With states and local governments facing mounting revenue losses, the U.S. House of Representatives, on May 15, passed a fourth emergency supplemental appropriations bill. The 1,854 page, Democrat-backed bill, officially known as H.R.6800, would provide $3 trillion to help states, communities, and individuals. Dubbed the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, the bill would provide the following funding: (more…)
With school districts’ physical facilities closed for pupil instruction and extracurriculars due to the public health emergency, school boards have faced some difficult choices regarding support staff members whose job functions were tied more closely to school facilities being open. In some cases, such support staff have been furloughed or laid off. Many of those have experienced lengthy delays in receiving unemployment insurance (UI) checks.
In response to concerns from board members, the WASB GR Team requested assistance from the governor’s office and received the following explanation from DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman: