State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor: Pandemic has ‘laid bare’ opportunity gaps | Local Education

On Wednesday, DPI made public the first part of its budget request with proposals pertaining to agency operations and public libraries.

It includes new proposals like $1.3 million over two years to subsidize the fees of test-takers of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination and $1 million to digitize the credentialing system for people who earn a GED.

But the larger half of DPI’s budget ask will come in November, which will include requested changes in the funding system of K-12 schools, such as general school aid, categorical aid and revenue limit adjustments.

School reopening

With the majority of Wisconsin school districts opting for some degree of in-person learning, Stanford Taylor said school leaders have worked with public health officials on plans that prioritize the health and safety of students and staff.

“I think they’ve handled it as well as they can given so many unknowns,” Stanford Taylor told reporters about reopening plans.

Schools were thrown into “crisis mode” when they were ordered to close in March, Stanford Taylor, but state and local guidance and advice gave school leaders the opportunity over the summer to prepare for a return to face-to-face learning.

Stanford Taylor said, though, the safety of students and staff is “paramount,” and it’ll be important to continue following the advice of local and state public health officials.

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