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JFC Approves Motion to Use ESSER II Minimum Aid to Incentivize In-Person Instruction

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

From . . . The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines today to use more than $65 million in federal COVID funds to reward districts that have been offering in-person instruction and encourage others to get kids back in the classroom. But the plan wouldn’t impact the $617.5 million that schools will receive […]

Evers to Propose $150 Million for Mental Health; Includes $55 Million for Student Mental Health

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

From … Gov. Tony Evers today announced his budget will propose investing $150 million in mental health initiatives in addition to again seeking legislative approval to accept federal money to expand Medicaid. The $150 million includes $55 million for student mental health and expanding a program designed to address child psychiatry shortages. Also, $40 […]

Kerr Leads in January Fundraising, Spending for DPI Race

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

From … Former Brown Deer Superintendent Deb Kerr raised and spent more than her rivals for state schools superintendent over the first month of the year, finance reports show. Assistant State Superintendent Sheila Briggs pulled in the second most money in the race to lead DPI, followed by Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly. The primary […]

More on COVID Relief Bill, Governor’s Public Health Emergency Order

Friday, February 5th, 2021

From … GOP Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says only a court “can stop a governor bent on ignoring the law” after Evers issued a new public health declaration and mask mandate shortly after the Assembly voted to overturn the previous one. LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, were scheduled today to […]

Evers Issues New Public Health Order After Assembly Votes to Overturn Previous Order

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

From … Gov. Tony Evers this afternoon quickly declared a new public health emergency shortly after the Assembly voted to overturn one he issued earlier this year. The guv’s new order also includes a mask mandate similar to the ones he’s put in place since late summer. Earlier this afternoon, the Assembly voted 52-42 […]

GOP Again Changes Course on COVID-19 Bill and Overturning Mask Mandate

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

From … Republicans abruptly shifted tactics today on COVID-19 legislation and a resolution to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ public health declaration. Assembly Republicans, on a party-line 59-35 vote, again amended the COVID-19 bill, this time with a provision designed to ensure the state wouldn’t lose enhanced federal food stamp benefits by overturning Evers’ public […]

Assembly to Take Up COVID Relief, Mask Resolution Today

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

From … The state Assembly is set to be back on the floor this morning to vote on another change to a COVID-19 bill and on its own resolution to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ public health declaration and mask mandate. It’s the latest twist in Republicans’ effort to overturn the public health declaration after […]

JFC Co-Chairs Lay Down Budget Markers in Letter to Evers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

From … The GOP co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee today warned Gov. Tony Evers against introducing another budget like his first one that was “full of tax increases, excessive spending and divisive non-fiscal policy.” The letter comes two weeks ahead of Evers introducing his budget Feb. 16 and fresh off the Legislative Fiscal […]

WEAC Endorses Underly

Monday, February 1st, 2021

From . . . WEAC, the state’s largest teacher’s union, is backing Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly for state schools superintendent with a seven-person primary fast approaching. Though not nearly as powerful as it once was, the union’s backing has been key in past DPI races. The primary is Feb. 16 with the top two […]

Assembly Puts Off Vote to Overturn Public Health Emergency

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

From … Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said the Assembly will put off voting to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ public health declaration to give lawmakers additional time to understand the fiscal impact of the move. The Assembly had been scheduled to vote this morning on the resolution, which cleared the Senate on Tuesday. But since […]

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