Marquette Law School, College of Education host discussion on Wisconsin Schools and COVID aid July 21

July 21, 2021

Dr. Marguerite RozaMILWAUKEE — Marquette University Law School and the College of Education will release a new virtual session, “Federal Funds to the Rescue? Wisconsin Schools and COVID Aid,” on Wednesday, July 21. The program features Dr. Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, as well as a discussion with several school leaders in this region on how federal COVID-19 relief funds will be used for schools.

The video will be available at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, on the Marquette Law School website.

Public schools in Wisconsin will receive hundreds of millions of dollars under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in March, and more than $2 billion in total from three federal COVID-relief enactments. The money is intended to assist students in rebounding from the pandemic and to help schools in covering costs related to the pandemic and taking steps to reduce health concerns in the future. Under the program, high-poverty school districts will get large sums, and low-poverty districts will receive modest amounts.

Guests discuss what schools are deciding to do with the money, and how the funds fit into their overall financial picture.

In the first half hour, Roza will describe what she is seeing as she observes the national picture of what schools are doing with the money. The Edunomics Lab focuses on school finance policy and practice. That will be followed by a discussion with Superintendent Keith Posley of Milwaukee Public Schools; John Stellmacher, business manager of the Kettle Moraine School District and past president of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials; and Brittany Kinser, executive director of Rocketship Schools in Wisconsin and chair of the MKE Charter School Advocates organization.

Both conversations are moderated by Alan J. Borsuk, Marquette Law School’s senior fellow in law and public policy.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Mike Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars, conferences on significant issues of public importance, and the work of its Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

This event supports the College of Education’s focus on lifelong learning and an appreciation for research and professional growth. Marquette students continually reflect on their practice and role in society, as well as attempt to enhance the learning and general well-being of those they serve. In all of these endeavors, they grow in their engagement with critical analysis and advocacy around structural inequities in society and in education.

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