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MPS shares updated three-year plan for ESSER funding

MPS Central OfficeSchools across the country are benefitting from financial support over three years through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II and III). Milwaukee Public Schools has revised plans for the funding and is sharing its vision with the public.

MPS has already used ESSER funds to improve ventilation in schools, purchase air filtration units, and provide masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment for students and staff.

The district is receiving approximately $730 million over three years. The revised plan ensures that a required 20% of funds remain allocated to mitigate learning loss.

MPS has identified the following priority areas.

  • Accelerating Learning: Prioritize and implement grade level standards for all students and provide targeted supports to ensure mastery of content.
  • Health and Wellness: Address the mental and physical well-being of our students, families, and staff by equitably extending existing resources and empowering our staff to deliver evidence-based interventions and programming.
  • Facilities: Implement facility improvements and upgrades that support school readiness including ventilation, carpet, windows, doors, water bottle filling stations, and so on).
  • Technology: Expand instructional technology hardware and software.
  • Extracurricular Engagement: Expand student safety nets and activities such as chess, forensics, robotics, language clubs, drumline, yearbook club, athletics, camps, and so on.

Read the full plan for ESSER funding on the MPS website.


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager
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