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Governor announces release of $90 Million in federal funds for school districts

by | Aug 30, 2022 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

As public schools prepare to begin the upcoming school year facing significant staffing challenges and increased student mental health needs, Gov. Evers today announced the release of $90 million in federal funds for Wisconsin school districts.

Of those funds, $75 million will be distributed on a per-pupil basis, meaning every Wisconsin school district will receive an additional $91.15 in per pupil aid (per district figures). According to the governor’s press release, the funding “includes flexibilities for districts and an extended timeline allowing the funds to be used over several school years, can be used to retain and recruit talented educators and staff, address rising costs for supplies and services due to national inflation, defraying the cost of school bussing, and provide direct support for kids in the classroom”. 

The remaining $15 million will go toward the “Get Kids Ahead” initiative to provide mental health services in K-12 schools. The allocated amount of funding per school district through the first and second rounds of the Get Kids Ahead initiative is available here.

It is important to note that these are one-time funds. You can view the governor’s full press release here.

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