Wyoming Department of Education submits plan for use of ~$304M in American Rescue Plan funds - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Wyoming Department of Education submits plan for use of ~$304M in American Rescue Plan funds

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education on how the state is looking to use $303,709,391 in American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

Wyoming’s plan and supporting documents can be found online. The public is also able to comment on the plan online.

School districts in Wyoming will receive a portion of the funding based on a formula which has already been established, according to the Wyoming Department of Education.

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States are required to reserve some of the ESSER funds for statewide activities that extend and enrich the school day experience, the WDE says: “Wyoming will focus on activities that strengthen collaborations between schools and community-based organizations, such as afterschool and summer programs.”

“Submitting a plan was required by the U.S. Department of Education,” Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said. “Wyoming’s plan looks different than most states because our school doors were open during the 2020-21 school year. School districts and community partners have a unique opportunity to strengthen teaching and learning for all students, especially those most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and its associated effects.”

“High-quality intervention and enrichment opportunities are not limited to the traditional school day. Statewide activities and competitive grants will support local innovation, new and existing partnerships, and funding needs for programs.”