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Area Republican legislators request in-person school funding

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ALTOONA (WQOW) - Wisconsin teachers began getting their COVID-19 vaccinations this week, and as the state moves one step closer to curbing this virus, area Republican representatives are calling on Governor Evers to allocate funding toward the districts that have remained open during the pandemic.

At River Prairie Park on Monday, state GOP leaders gathered to announce their request that in-person school districts be prioritized during the next round of COVID relief funding.

Representative Jesse James (R-Altoona) said he believes remote learning has a negative effect on children's mental health and that it's time to get back to some sort of normal.

"Let's honor and award those schools that have taken their time and investment and safety and sanitation and providing the best classroom environment that they can right now during these times, and having our kids in school," James said.

The representatives added that virtual districts are not having to fund transportation, while in-person districts still are on top of the additional cost of cleaning supplies, plexiglass barriers, and more.

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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