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Report analyzes links between Wisconsin job growth, pay and education since 2012

A report released recently by Forward Analytics entitled, An Economic Evolution: Job Growth, Pay and Education Since 2012,”  shows Wisconsin’s economy is growing but is evolving into one in which jobs require more education and skills.

While Wisconsin job growth has been strong over the past six years and has helped to drive down the unemployment rate to record lows, the report suggests occupational data from 2012 to 2018 contradict the notion that most of the jobs are at the lower end of the pay scale.  Instead, the report documents an economy in which job growth is generally not occurring in low paying occupations, but rather in those occupations further up the pay scale–occupations that disproportionately require post-secondary education.

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PDK Poll finds widespread frustration among teachers, consensus that schools are underfunded

Since 1969, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a US professional organization for educators, has conducted an annual survey of public attitudes and opinion about public education and published the results. This year, for the first time since 2000, the poll surveyed teachers as well as parents and members of the public. The 2019 version—the 51st annual PDK poll–surveyed 2,389 people online in late April, including 1,083 parents of school-age children and 556 public school teachers.

Among the key findings of this year’s poll are the following:

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Senate education committee to hold public hearing on August 13

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on four bills on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South, State Capitol.  (View hearing notice.)

This will be the committee’s first public hearing of the 2019-20 legislative session. 

The committee is chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon, pictured at left) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills: Continue reading Senate education committee to hold public hearing on August 13

UW report examines trends in student poverty, eligibility for FRL

The University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab, in their ongoing series on Wisconsin’s demographics, recently released a report looking at the geographic disparities in student poverty, as measured by eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch (FRL).

The report suggests recent increases in student poverty have stabilized on a statewide basis, and while student poverty occurs throughout the state, geography is a strong predictor.  Some key takeaways: Continue reading UW report examines trends in student poverty, eligibility for FRL

Feds release updated income eligibility levels for school meals

From the DPI: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service updated the income eligibility guidelines for meals served at schools and day care programs based on federal poverty levels.

“The income guidelines, updated annually, are effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The guidelines apply to student eligibility for free and reduced‑price school meals offered through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs and milk offered through the Special Milk Program along with reimbursement for meals served in day care centers and family child care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Continue reading Feds release updated income eligibility levels for school meals

Additional school mental health grants awarded

From the Department of Public Instruction:

“The Department of Public Instruction distributed $6.5 million for services to support students’ mental health in 120 public school districts and one independent charter school. The funding comes from the School-Based Mental Health Services Grants Program. Continue reading Additional school mental health grants awarded

Two additional budget vetoes that will impact schools

While a good deal of attention has been paid to the governor’s vetoes pertaining to per pupil aid and supplemental per pupil aid, there are a number of other vetoes that will impact schools that school leaders should be aware of.   Here are two that will have the biggest impact on school districts:

Personal Computing Devices: A partial veto by the governor effectively eliminates funding (roughly $9.2 million annually) for the personal electronic computing devices grant program effective July 1, 2019. Continue reading Two additional budget vetoes that will impact schools