Wyoming Department of Education distributing over $3 million in Cares Act funding

 Jillian Balow
Jillian Balow (KGWN)
Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 5:13 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Secondary school emergency relief funds or ESSER funds are being distributed to schools statewide. This is about $34.5 million in federal funding.

Jillian Balow, Wyoming Superintendent, said these funds will help schools recover from the pandemic. “Our job as a state is to distribute it and not say how it must be spent,” Balow said.

The federal funds won’t be used for day-to-day operation, but to help students, their families and raise the bar for Wyoming students.

“It will go to places like career and technical education, special education title one, or free and reduced lunch,” Balow said.

Money for day to day operations is shrinking because the energy industry shut down. The legislator is working to determine what it will be.

“They’re busy now with what’s called recalibration and they’ll continue their efforts to determine what funding will look like for the next biennium,” Balow said.

Balow will continue to work with the state and national partners to keep Wyoming education moving forward.

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