Category Archives: Federal Issue

Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.

A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You can join in that effort. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

How will partial federal government shutdown affect K-12 schools, students?

From NSBA:

Partial Government Shutdown Continues as New Congress Begins
The 116th Congress convened last week and the House immediately turned attention to approving an appropriations bill designed to end the partial government shutdown, triggered by the White House’s budget request for $5 billion to expand the southern border wall. The House measure, approved Thursday evening (Jan. 3), did not include funding for wall. The House vote shifts the budget debate back to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated that he will not bring any Fiscal Year 2019 legislation to the Senate floor that does not have the President’s support. Continue reading How will partial federal government shutdown affect K-12 schools, students?

A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part two of a series

This is the second of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.  This post focuses on federal funding. 

When state and federal mandates to provide special education service were first imposed on local school districts back in the 1970s, it was generally assumed that targeted state and federal funding that went along with these mandates would cover much, if not all, of the costs of providing special  education services to students with disabilities.  That assumption was quickly proven wrong. Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part two of a series

A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

This is the first of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.

Both state and federal law require school districts to provide special education services to pupils with disabilities.

Wisconsin state law has mandated special education services for pupils with disabilities since the 1973-74 school year.  This predates the federal mandate for special education services, which began in 1975 with the enactment of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHCA), the precursor to the current  federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA).  Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

What local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 2)

Federal legislation reauthorizing and renaming the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (a/k/a/ “Perkins V”) will take effect on July 1, 2019..

Here’s more of what local school leaders need to know about this new law, which we’ll refer to as “Perkins V” to save time and space.

Continue reading What local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 2)

Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 1)

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed  into law a bill to reauthorize and rename the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006 as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.

This new act has been dubbed “Perkins V” even though Perkins is no longer part of its name.  For purposes of this post, we’ll refer to the new law using this shorthand name to save time and space.

Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new law:

Continue reading Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 1)

Congress reauthorizes Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Congress passed a long-awaited bipartisan overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act Wednesday (July 25) when the U.S. House of Representatives approved changes made by the U.S. Senate on a voice vote, then sent the legislation to the President for his signature.

The $1.1 billion Perkins CTE program, last reauthorized in 2006,  provides funding for job training and related programs for high school students as well as for students in higher education.  President Donald Trump has made career and technical education a priority for his administration and has called on Congress to send him the bill.

Continue reading Congress reauthorizes Perkins Career and Technical Education Act