Assembly Education Committee to hold informational hearing

The Assembly Education Committee will hold an informational public hearing tomorrow morning (Feb. 21) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.  The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), pictured at left.

Committee members will receive an informational briefing/update on K-12 education from representatives of the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Testimony will be from invited speakers only.

View public hearing notice.

School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.

Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years.  The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast

A new national report on school breakfast programs by the nonprofit Washington-based  Food Research and Action Center finds Wisconsin’s participation lags behind the rest of the country.

Although about 83 percent of schools in the state participated in the School Breakfast Program, that figure places Wisconsin near the bottom nationally, especially compared to at least 38 other states, where 90 percent or more schools participate in the program.

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New resources for schools available from Wisconsin Policy Forum

Two new resources worthy of school leaders’ attention and consideration have recently been made available by the Wisconsin Policy Forum.  They are available free of charge, and are worth checking out.

The first is a detailed report on special education funding in Wisconsin highlighting the effects on school district finances of the underfunding of state special education categorical aid.
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Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

We encourage you to join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 13 to take our message to the Capitol!  With the legislature beginning its review of Governor Evers’ budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators and build relationships and support for your schools.

As part of our morning programming at the Monona Terrace, we are once again fortunate to have a bipartisan panel of legislative leaders speak to attendees on how they see K-12 fitting into the state budget debate.  Our legislative panelists for 2019 are: Continue reading Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

WASB Testifies in support of expanding CTE incentive grants

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Feb. 13 the WASB supported Senate Bill 16, which increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants for school districts by $3.5 million per year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Demand for these grants is anticipated to increase as both the number of eligible students (including those earning multiple industry certifications) and the number of school districts submitting claims continues to grow.  In addition, legislation enacted last session added public safety occupations, including fire fighters, emergency medial responders and emergency medical services practitioners, to the list of industry certifications eligible for these grants and provided for a $500 completion award to each student who successfully completes a public safety occupation training program.
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Gov. Evers budget address set for Feb. 28

Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019.  This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day.  As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction.  This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.

Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget.  Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13.  Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.