Sen. Smith Thanks Governor Evers for Rural School Investments

MADISONSen. Jeff Smith (D–Brunswick) highlighted the critical investments Governor Tony Evers delivered for Wisconsin schools. A recent report by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau showed a total of $3.6 million to be directed to school districts within the 31st Senate District.

Governor Evers knows that what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state—these investments will help ensure students and the State of Wisconsin are set up for success,” said Sen. Smith. “Our rural school districts have had to stretch every dollar to offer an education that parents expect for their children. Since the Walker-Kleefisch years, Republicans have done the very least they could for schools. Thankfully Governor Evers was able to direct more funding for schools despite Republicans’ unwillingness to support public education in Wisconsin during the last budget.

“I’m grateful for the governor’s ongoing support for our public schools, and I remain committed to supporting initiatives like these that will make a big difference for students and teachers.”

On December 2, Governor Evers announced that $110 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funding would be directed to Wisconsin school districts. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the funding was distributed on a per pupil basis, using the current three-year enrollment average for school districts that is used to calculate revenue limits, and the third Friday of September, 2021, enrollment count for independent charter schools. Based on those enrollment counts, payments were equal to $133.72 per pupil.

A complete list of school districts and the CRF payments they will receive can be found here.