WYO Receives Over $32 Million in Emergency Coronavirus Relief for K-12 Students

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks about #EducationFreedom Scholarships at the annual private school leadership conference in Sept. 2019.  (h/t @ED.gov)
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks about #EducationFreedom Scholarships at the annual private school leadership conference in Sept. 2019.  (h/t @ED.gov)

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks about #EducationFreedom Scholarships at the annual private school leadership conference in Sept. 2019.  (h/t @ED.gov)

 

Hefty ESSER Funds to Reach CCSD Schools in Support of Continued Education

Wyoming will receive over $32.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education, as part of the $13.2 billion allocated to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) authorized under section 18003 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to a Friday release from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). ESSER Funds will provide emergency relief to aid school districts across the state and country in addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.

“This national emergency continues to shine a light on the need for all schools to be more agile,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who announced the availability of the funds last Thursday in a release from the U.S. Department of Education.

“Now is the time to truly rethink education and to get creative about how we meet each student’s unique needs,” she said, noting that these ESSER funds have very few bureaucratic strings attached and empower local education leaders to do just that.

“I encourage them to focus on investing in the technology, distance learning resources, training and long-term planning that will help education continue for both teachers and students, no matter where learning takes place,” she added.

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The Cowboy State’s allocation, $32,562,651 in total, is in the same amount as Wyoming previously received under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in fiscal year 2019, per the release, and fund monies are required to fill education gaps created by COVID-19 school closures and strengthen the state’s education system, per WDE.

“We are grateful for these timely funds,” Jillian Balow, state superintendent of public instruction, said in the release. “School districts and schools will utilize ESSER Funds to make schools more nimble and safer in the face of a resurgence or future pandemic.”

Campbell County School District Superintendent Dr. Alex Ayers said in an email to County 17 on Monday that WDE will likely verify amounts for each specific district soon.

“We are currently reviewing District needs and allowable expenditures for these funds,” he said. “We’ll have more information in the coming days.”

To see state allocations for the ESSER Fund, click here.