Wisconsin's approved plan for ESSER III American Rescue Plan Act funds include $5 million for reading initiatives.
LEAs and CESAs who wish to participate in this first opportunity must choose to do so by July 8, 2022 . After this date, the first round of funds ($2,000,000) will be distributed to LEAs and CESAs who chose to participate. LEAs and CESAs who choose not to participate in this first round or who miss the participation deadline may have an additional opportunity to participate in FY 2022-2023.
All LEAs and CESAs are eligible for funding.
A reimbursement amount of $4,000 is available for each LEA and CESA (the amount is the typical LETRS training cost for one staff person). For those LEAs and CESAs who choose to participate, the funding is available for any eligible training costs that were incurred in FY 2021-2022 as well as future training costs through June 30, 2024. If an agency chooses not to participate in this round of reimbursements, DPI will redistribute the funds to participating LEAs and CESAs who plan to expend more than $4,000 on training.
See the LETRS Reimbursement (EBIS ESSER III) First Round Allocations (FY 22 - FY 24) (Google Sheet) for amounts allocated to participating agencies.
These funds reimburse vendor training costs for staff who successfully completed the Voyager Sopris Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training or another program endorsed by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction as an Accredited Independent Teacher Training Program.
How to Apply
On June 21, 2022, LEA and CESA WISEgrants Administrators will see a menu item for “LETRS Reimbursement Participation” under their ARPA program menu in WISEgrants (FY 2021-2022). Each agency must indicate whether they plan to participate in the LETRS reimbursement opportunity by Friday, July 8, 2022. If the agency chooses to participate, additional information will be collected on expenses incurred during FY 2021-2022 and planned obligations for FY 2022-2023. Agencies who miss the July 8, 2022, deadline will have another opportunity to participate in FY 2022-2023 if funding becomes available.
Please see LETRS Reimbursement - WISEgrants Technical Assistance or email email@example.com with any questions. See the LETRS Training Reimbursement message that was sent on June 20, 2022, for more information.
Claims for Reimbursement
After the initial LETRS funding amounts have been distributed to participating LEAs and CESAs, agencies will submit claims for training reimbursement through WISEgrants. The following will be collected as supporting documentation for each claim submitted:
- Selection from a DPI-provided list of trainings and vendor(s)
- Number of participants who attended the training being reimbursed
The following WUFAR combinations will be available on the claim:
- Fund 10 (General Education) or Fund 27 (Special Education), Object 310 (Payment to Private Vendor), Function 221300 or Function 264400
- Fund 10 (General Education) or Fund 27 (Special Education), Object 382 (Payment to LEA), Function 221300 or Function 264400
- Fund 10 (General Education) or Fund 27 (Special Education), Object 386 (Payment to CESA), Function 221300 or Function 264400
Only the cost of the vendor payment is eligible for reimbursement. Costs related to staff compensation, substitute teachers, employee travel, stipends, and consortium administrative fees are not eligible for reimbursement. Materials, supplies and books provided as part of the vendor training should be coded to object 310, 382 or 386 (as applicable).
An LEA or a CESA may purchase seats from an approved vendor on behalf of other agencies to meet "minimum seat requirements." In those cases, the LEA or CESA would invoice the participating agencies and those agencies would submit claims for LETRS reimbursement.
See the LETRS Reimbursement Claiming - Technical Assistance (Google Doc) for more information.