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Legislature’s budget committee approves adjusted ESSER III plan; paves the way for federal funds to be released to schools

by | Feb 3, 2022 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue

The state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) has approved the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) revised ARPA Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds III plan. The revisions address certain objections raised by the U.S. Department of Education to the release of a portion of the state’s ESSER III funding allocation. For more information on the process for applying for funds, see the DPI ESSER III webpage.

The WASB appreciates the willingness of the DPI and JFC to work together on this issue in the best interest of Wisconsin school districts. State Superintendent Jill Underly issued a statement and the WASB sent a letter thanking the JFC co-chairs, Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) & Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), for approving the plan.

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