Category Archives: State Issue

Legislators react to state assessment results

Recently, the Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year.  Overall statewide results showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics proficiency.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the reaction from state legislators including Assembly Committee on Education Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Sens. Jon Erpenbach & Chris Larson and more: Continue reading Legislators react to state assessment results

School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

The co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have introduced legislation that would count full-day 4K students as 1.0 pupil for funding purposes (see more info below). This is based on a recommendation from the commission and is supported by the WASB.

We encourage you to contact your state legislators to urge support of companion bills Senate Bill 408 and Assembly Bill 465. Neither bill has been scheduled for a public hearing yet in the respective education committees. We will keep you up to date here and if this would be a benefit to your district, please consider coming to testify at a hearing. Continue reading School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her first annual State of Education Address today at the State Capitol in Madison. While she trumpeted Wisconsin schools successes she also expressed concern for persistent gaps and working towards equity in educational achievement, access and opportunity.

She called the funding increases included in the most recent state budget a down-payment for improving student achievement and committed to working with the governor and legislature going forward to improve educational outcomes.

Excerpts of the speech from DPI: Continue reading State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

Assembly education committee schedules public hearing and vote

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing on Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North, State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills:

PUBLIC HEARING

Assembly Bill 115 Relating to: an emergency exception for high performing school districts to the number of hours of direct pupil instruction requirement. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing and vote

Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

The Senate Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills:

PUBLIC HEARING

Senate Bill 138 Relating to: professional development training in character education for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Continue reading Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

Fall legislative floor session dates announced

According to Wispolitics.com:

“The state Assembly will be on the floor Oct. 10 with meeting dates for November TBD, according to the office of Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna.

“The office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, last week asked senators to keep open Oct. 8 and Nov. 5 for floor dates.”

This continues to reflect the slow pace of legislation under divided government in the 2019-20 session.

DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

The Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. From DPI:

“Overall results in the state showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics. When disaggregated, mathematics performance went up at some grade levels and went up overall for Hispanic students and students learning English across the state. Students at private schools participating in the school choice programs showed small increases in achievement. Continue reading DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results