The WASB testified this week in favor of a pair of companion bills (Senate Bill 260 and Assembly Bill 332) aimed at retaining local control over how many nomination signatures are required in school board races and, in particular, easing the statutory nomination paper signature requirements to run school board seats in certain small school districts in which a portion has been annexed by a second (2nd) class city.
The WASB worked with Assembly Education Committee chair, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left), to help draft these bills on behalf of the North Fond du Lac School Board, which requested the legislation.
State Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at right) co-authored the bills.
Continue reading WASB Makes Case for Local Control of School Board Elections
By October 15 of each year, the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is statutorily required to compute General Equalization Aids for the current school year for each public school district in the state using the most accurate (i.e., audited) data available from each district’s prior fiscal year Annual Report, September and January Membership Reports and equalized property valuations as certified by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) for the prior calendar year. The resulting aid amounts–modified by the prior year (in this case, 2016-17) final aid eligibility adjustments–are paid to districts during the current fiscal year (2017-18).
Because October 15 falls on a Sunday this year, the DPI has released this information to school districts on the last weekday before the 15th. As a result, the October 15 General School Aid Certifications for all school districts for the 2017-18 school year are now available online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/sfs/aid/general/summary.
Continue reading DPI Releases 2017-18 General Aid Certification for School Districts
From the Wisconsin Elections Commission…
The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be conducting a live webinar outlining school district clerk duties on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Webinar access information and materials will be posted on the Elections Commission website on Monday (Oct. 16) under Clerks tab then under the heading of Recent Clerk Communications. You can access the information and materials directly at: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/recent-communications.
Continue reading State Elections Commission to Host Webinar on School District Clerk Duties
Governor Scott Walker is visiting schools in Wausaukee, Cadott, and Belmont today to announce his support for new legislation to increase Sparsity Aid for rural schools, an idea he championed earlier this year.
Currently, the Sparsity Aid Program aims to offset the challenges faced by the smallest, most rural school districts in the state through providing $300 in per-pupil funding for districts with enrollments of 745 or less and a density of less than 10 pupils per square mile.
Continue reading New Plan to Boost Sparsity Aid Gets Gov. Walker’s Backing
This week, the Senate version —Senate Bill 236— of a bill that would impose significant new requirements for competitive bidding of public construction contracts by school districts surged through the legislative process.
Yesterday (Thursday, Oct 5), the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government voted along party lines to give a favorable recommendation to Senate Bill 236, which had received its only public hearing to date just two days earlier. The bill now moves to the full state Senate for a vote. Continue reading Bill Mandating Use of Competitive Bidding for School Construction Advancing Rapidly
The Wheeler Report, a Capitol-based, paid subscription news service that provides subscribers with e-mail reports about current goings-on at the State Capitol, reported this morning on a piece of legislation under development by Assembly Education Committee chairman, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), which Rep. Thiesfeldt has labelled the “Teacher Protection Act.”
The WASB has been engaged in what we have understood to be strictly confidential discussions with Rep. Thiesfeldt and his staff regarding our concerns about this legislation. Now that this proposal has become the subject of public news reports, we are sharing what has been reported because we believe this subject matter will be of interest to many school boards and administrators. Continue reading Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education awarded approximately $253 million in new federal grants to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation. The grants were awarded to state educational agencies and other state entities, charter management organizations (CMOs) and other non-profit organizations across the country. Continue reading Wisconsin Is One of Nine States to Receive New Federal Charter School Grants