Joint Finance reworks fed money to reward schools that offered in-person instruction

The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee today reworked a $154 million pot of federal money to reward districts that provided in-person instruction for at least half of the 2020-21 school year.
The motion, approved 11-4 along party lines, also would give priority to small, rural schools for a portion of the money.
The bulk of the federal money -- $114.6 million -- would create a grant program for districts that provided in-person instruction for at least 50 percent of the 2020-21 school year. It would amount to a minimum grant of $781 per student.
Districts such as Madison and Milwaukee, the...

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