FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2021
Contact: State Representative Rob Swearingen (608) 266-7141
GOP Urges Gov. Evers to Prioritize Students Learning In-person
Madison, Wis – Today, Rep. Rob Swearingen (R - Rhinelander), released the following statement today after Republicans held several press conferences around the state and sent a letter to the Governor urging him to allocate more funding to schools meeting in-person.
“Let’s follow the science. The CDC now recommends reopening schools and even Dr. Fauci supports opening K-8th grade. There is an undeniable difference between in-person schooling and virtual. It is the difference between students actually learning, rather than being totally left behind. Our students deserve to attend school in-person, and a continuation of virtual learning neglects their needs entirely.”
“The school districts that have continued to put our children’s education at the top of their priority list deserve to be compensated. Given the Governor’s experience, I’d hope he will find it more than necessary to reward the efforts of our hardworking teachers and their districts.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) provided Wisconsin with millions of dollars in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds. As it stands, Wisconsin received $46.6.million for GEER I and $98.3 million under GEER II. It is the sole responsibility of Governor Evers to decide where and how to allocate these funds. The letter sent by Republican legislators today asks the Governor to direct $20.8 million in GEER funds to schools holding in-person classes.