Saturday, May 29, 2021

US warns Wisconsin may lose $1.5 billion in pandemic aid under budget action

From JSOnline:
Molly Beck
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - Federal education officials are warning Wisconsin may lose more than a billion dollars in funding for schools unless the Legislature provides more state support in the two-year budget lawmakers are crafting this summer. 

In a letter Friday, a U.S. Department of Education official told State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor that action taken Thursday by the Legislature's budget-writing committee puts at risk $1.5 billion in federal pandemic aid for schools. 

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee dedicated $128 million in new funding for K-12 schools and set aside $350 million in a separate fund that GOP lawmakers said would be used for schools but was not yet appropriated as such. 

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