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LFB: $2.3 Billion in federal relief funding at risk

LFB: $2.3 Billion in federal relief funding at risk

The legislature’s budget committee’s state funding plan for K-12 education puts $2.3 billion in federal COVID relief funding for schools at risk according to a memo by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

The memo states that Wisconsin is expected to meet the requirements in the first round of federal relief funding (CARES Act/ESSER I/GEERS I) but also confirms that further investment will be necessary to meet the requirements to capture approx. $2.3 billion in relief funding included in the second and third relief packages (ESSER II & ESSER III, respectively). (more…)

Feds release maintenance of equity guidance for ESSER III funds

Feds release maintenance of equity guidance for ESSER III funds

The term “maintenance of effort” has been in the news lately amid concerns that the level of K-12 public school funding approved by the Legislature’s budget writing committee is not sufficient to allow our state to secure approx. $2.3 billion in one-time federal emergency COVID relief funding for K-12 education. 

Another term school leaders are likely to be hearing about is “maintenance of equity.” (more…)

WSJ: Republicans shouldn’t risk $1.5B for Wisconsin schools

WSJ: Republicans shouldn’t risk $1.5B for Wisconsin schools

An editorial from the Wisconsin State Journal

“Wisconsin ranks near the bottom of states — 45th out of 50 — in harnessing money from Uncle Sam, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“So why is the Republican-run Legislature — again — risking if not snubbing federal dollars from Washington that taxpayers here deserve, given all the money Wisconsin citizens pay the IRS?

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WSJ: Republicans shouldn’t risk $1.5B for Wisconsin schools

If WI fails to qualify, federal K-12 COVID relief funds will go to schools in other states

Wisconsin schools could lose out on at least $1.5 billion (and possibly as much as $2.4 billion) in one-time COVID relief funds if state lawmakers do not revisit the state K-12 education budget and increase state funding.

What would happen to those federal relief funds if Wisconsin fails to qualify? The funding would revert to the federal government and be reallocated to other states that DO qualify to receive the funds. (more…)

WSJ: Republicans shouldn’t risk $1.5B for Wisconsin schools

WSJ: Feds warn WI lawmakers about deficient state funding for K-12 education

From Wisconsin State Journal, “The U.S. Department of Education on Friday warned Wisconsin that Republicans’ proposed $350 million for the state’s rainy day fund won’t help qualify it for $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds for education the GOP budget already puts the state at risk of losing out on.

“Republican members of the Legislature’s budget committee on Thursday voted to advance a K-12 education plan that would fund just 10%, or $128 million, of the $1.6 billion sought by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. They also voted to put $350 million into the state’s budget stabilization fund to “maintain education funding stability in the future,” although that fund can be tapped for any purpose so there’s no guarantee those dollars would end up going to schools. (more…)

FCC issues final rules on the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

FCC issues final rules on the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

Yesterday (5/10), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted final rules to implement the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program.

The ECF program was created through the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This legislation provides $7.17 billion to help students struggling with the Homework Gap, the term that commonly refers to the education digital divide that impacts millions of students who lack adequate internet and broadband connectivity when they are at home or working remotely elsewhere. (more…)