Category Archives: State Issue

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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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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Resolutions Approved by 2019 WASB Delegate Assembly Now Online

The Final Report to the Membership on Resolutions Adopted by the 2019 WASB Delegate Assembly is now posted on the WASB website (www.wasb.org) on the Delegate Assembly page.  To find it, look under the Advocacy and Government Relations tab, then click on the Delegate Assembly link.

Thanks to all delegates and boards for your work on these resolutions.

Thanks also to the many boards that submitted resolutions and to the dedicated board members from around the state who served on the WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee that reviewed those submitted resolutions.

These newly adopted resolutions will now be placed in the 2019 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book, which will be published later this Spring, and will remain in force until amended or repealed. To find the 2018 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book click here.

Star Student Program aims to recognize students making great progress in the classroom

Do you know a student deserving special recognition?

The Star Student Program is an exciting new opportunity to recognize Wisconsin kids who take great strides in their everyday classroom activities.

Gov. Evers recognized the two first-ever recipients of the Star Student Award in Wisconsin during his State of the State Address.

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