Superintendent Balow’s Update – December 21, 2020

Dear Superintendents,

THERE WILL NOT BE AN UPDATE THIS WEEK. Enjoy the holidays.

U.S. DEPT OF EDUCATION TRANSITION

Earlier this week I, along with colleagues from other states, met virtually with the Biden transition team. During the meeting, convened by the Council for State School Officers (CCSSO), we discussed our top federal priorities for the coming year, including equity, assessment and accountability, broadband Internet access, school nutrition programs, and flexible federal funding to meet the needs of all students. 

COVID RELIEF

Relief package negotiations are moving swiftly in Congress. As of writing this update Congressional leadership continues to work on details for a bipartisan COVID relief package. Language of the bill has not been released yet and work will likely continue into the weekend and next week. It is probable that a new relief package for states will include funding for education.

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Wyoming students compete in the state We The People contest

Memos to be released today:

  • 2020-186:   2021-22 & 2022-23 Alternative Schedule Requests
  • 2020-187:   2020 PAEMST State Finalists
  • 2020-188:   Release of 2019 Census Data for FY21 Title I, Part A Allocations