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Ron Kind calls for educator assistance amid start of school

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Madison (WQOW) - As students in Wisconsin head back to school, Congressman Ron Kind (D- Wisconsin) is calling for educators to receive additional support from the state and federal levels.

In a virtual press conference Wednesday, Kind discussed the added struggles teachers face this year; from teaching both in-person and virtually, to increased disinfecting procedures on top of the typical stress that comes at the start of a new school year.

He suggested lawmakers use funds from the HEROES Act to go toward cleaning expenses, testing, contact tracing technology and broadband access.

"In the HEROES Act, there is short-term funding for state and local budgets that are collapsing right now because of the state of the economy," Kind said. "That's where the primary funding sources come from for our schools and our school district, so I think it's important for Congress to recognize that need and provide funding for the state and local budgets in order to provide these quality education programs."

Kind said he hopes to have made progress on this goal by next week.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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