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Federal update: part 3- Recent federal agency actions

Federal update: part 3- Recent federal agency actions

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.” 

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Federal update: part 2- Education Secy. DeVos’ guidance on CARES Act funds spurs controversy

Federal update: part 2- Education Secy. DeVos’ guidance on CARES Act funds spurs controversy

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…)

Federal update: part 1– Congress moving towards additional stimulus?

Federal update: part 1– Congress moving towards additional stimulus?

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…)

DWD explains delays in processing UI claims, says payments to start this week

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:

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What does it mean for schools that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision allowed the ban on opening schools for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities to remain in place?

What does it mean for schools that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision allowed the ban on opening schools for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities to remain in place?

Yesterday (4/13), in a 4-3 decision written by Chief Justice Roggensack, the state Supreme Court struck down the emergency order that had extended the state’s “Safer at Home” order until May 26.  However, that decision did not affect the portion of the order that addressed school closures for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities.

What does it mean for schools that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturned the order but allowed the ban on opening schools for pupil instruction or extracurricular until June 30, 2020 to remain in place?   

The Court’s majority opinion provided no explanation as to why its decision did not affect the portion of the overturned order that affects school closures for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities

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