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  • Supreme Court 
  • Funding for Schools 
  • COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall

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Supreme Court Decision

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” order. You can read the decision here.

While it is great news for our state that we are starting to re-open, it’s important that we do so in a responsible way to keep our most vulnerable healthy. The COVID-19 virus is still a threat to vulnerable populations and will continue to be until there is a widely distributed vaccine.

Since day one, I have held the belief and trust that business owners and consumers will make the correct decision for themselves and their families. For the time being, that will be the new normal, businesses should remain incentivized to provide their customers and employees a safe working environment.

I strongly encourage businesses to continue to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and cleaning and disinfecting whenever possible. They should also consider the guidelines provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

If you are part of a high-risk population group, please take extra precautions. The CDC has listed the elderly (above 65) and individuals with underlying health conditions like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure as groups of concern. You can find the full list on the CDC website. The virus is still very dangerous for these populations and their families.

We are all in this together. Responsibly we can re-open our state together and continue to move forward and close this chapter in our history. Thank you for your continued dedication and I look forward to what the future holds for our state!


 

   
 
Budget Committee Approves Additional Funding for Public Schools

Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Finance approved a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) plan to allocate nearly $175 million to K-12 public and private schools to improve virtual education and mental health offerings during the public health emergency. This funding was provided by Congress and President Trump as a part of the CARES Act. As teachers and students around the state adapt to virtual learning, these much-needed funds will play an important role in ensuring the continuity of education for our students.

The CARES Act requires 90% of this funding to be distributed according to a formula established under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This formula directs funds to school districts based on the number of proportion of low-income students in a school district. 

DPI plans to use the remaining 10% to fund initiatives to train teachers on virtual education and to increase the number of courses that are offered virtually. DPI believes this will better prepare K-12 schools to provide increased virtual education offerings whether that is due to COVID-19 or another reason students may not be able to physically attend school, like a snow day. Funding will also be used to improve mental health services provided to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under DPI’s original plan, the department planned to retain $500,000 for administrative purposes. After discussions with DPI, the amount of administrative funding was reduced by $150,000, freeing up additional resources to be used for programs directly benefiting students and teachers.

As the husband of a public school teacher, I know firsthand how trying the last couple months have been for the educators around the state. I would like to thank our dedicated teachers around the state for their continued passion and enthusiasm in educating our future generations. Wisconsin students are served well by you.

 

 
COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall

This last Tuesday, I held a COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall on Facebook Live. This was the first time I had ever done a Facebook Live and I thought it went over pretty well. I don’t think this will be the last time I do something like this.

I was able to answer a large number of questions from my constituents on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch it in its entirety here. As always, if you have any questions, please contact my office at 608-266-2343 or email me at Rep.Nygren@legis.wisconsin.gov

I will keep you informed of future opportunities like this!

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