'Get Kids Ahead' Wisconsin initiative; new funds allocated
MILWAUKEE - Gov. Tony Evers visited Longfellow School in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 6 to announce allocations for the state’s "Get Kids Ahead" initiative.
The governor announced nearly every school district across the state, including more than 450 local education agencies, will be awarded funds through the $15 million program.
"Get Kids Ahead" was announced during Evers' 2022 State of the State address. Schools will be able to use the funds to provide direct mental health care, hire and support mental health navigators, provide mental health first aid and trauma-based care training, or provide family assistance programs.
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Every public school district in the state was eligible to opt in to receive these funds and was guaranteed to receive a minimum of $10,000. The remainder of the funds were allocated on a per-pupil basis.