DeVos Expected to Unveil Trump Administration’s Plans to Encourage Voucher Expansion in Speech Tonight

Tonight in Indianapolis, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to address a gathering of the American Federation for Children (AFC), a national pro-voucher advocacy group that she founded and long headed.   Her appearance before the group comes one day before the Trump Administration’s education budget will be formally unveiled.

During her speech to the AFC’s National Policy Summit, DeVos is expected to unveil the Trump Administration’s school-choice education proposals, which are rumored to include offering tax breaks to parents who send children to religious and other private schools. Continue reading DeVos Expected to Unveil Trump Administration’s Plans to Encourage Voucher Expansion in Speech Tonight

Details of Trump Education Budget Emerge, Public Schools to Face Cuts as School Choice Initiatives Expand

White HouseNew details from the Washington Post confirm that President Trump’s first full federal budget proposal includes a cut of 13.5% ($9.2 billion) to the U.S. Department of Education as signaled in the so-called “skinny budget” outline released back in mid-March.

That outline called for eliminating the $2.1 billion (Title II) grant program for teacher and principal recruitment and development and a $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program that supports after-school and summer programs.

Emerging reports indicate the following specific cuts will also be proposed to federal K-12 education programs: Continue reading Details of Trump Education Budget Emerge, Public Schools to Face Cuts as School Choice Initiatives Expand

School Bus Purchasing Bill Gets Public Hearing

school busA proposal to eliminate a Department of Transportation rule prohibiting the purchase of a school bus previously titled and registered in another state if the bus is more than five years old had a public hearing before a Senate committee today in the State Capitol. Senate Bill 134, authored by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and state Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), was heard by the Senate Transportation & Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). Continue reading School Bus Purchasing Bill Gets Public Hearing

House Committee Set to Advance Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Program

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 17), the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has scheduled a committee markup session to review and vote on H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.”   The Committee meeting can be viewed online via live webcast at 10:00 am (EDT)/9:00 am (CDT). 

Continue reading House Committee Set to Advance Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Program

A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.ESSA Plan Template

Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs

thiesfeldtTwo bills dealing with pupil assessments were recently introduced by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured below):

Assembly Bill 300/Senate Bill 222 – This bill requires, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, each school board to annually provide the parent or guardian of each pupil with a copy of or instructions on how to access a summary of the pupil examinations that the school board must administer under state and federal law and any other examinations used to assess pupil, school, or school district performance.  The bill specifies certain information that must be included in the summary and requires that the summary be written in commonly understood language. Continue reading Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs

Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills

stroebelSince our last post on the topic, most of the bills have been introduced and referred to standing committees.  For a brief description of each bill see that previous post or click on the bill links below to see the actual bill language. Each proposal but one has a Senate and Assembly bill listed. These are identical companion bills, a common tactic to allow for proposals to begin the legislative process in each house simultaneously.

Senate Bill 191/Assembly Bill 282 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured) & Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) – Limitations on when operating referenda and debt issuance referenda may be called. Continue reading Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills