Tag Archives: 2017-19 State Budget

Dyslexia study committee set to make recommendations on Oct. 23

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 23 to consider making several recommendations, including proposed legislation.  The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison.

One proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in consultation with an advisory committee created under the bill, to develop a guidebook related to reading difficulties and dyslexia for pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

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New LFB memo finds last year’s property tax bill on median-valued state home $27 higher than originally estimated

A new memorandum prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) at the request of state Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) finds that the property tax bill estimate for taxes levied in 2017 and payable in 2018 for the statewide median-valued home is $27 higher than earlier estimated.

The new LFB memo updates an estimate of the property tax bill on the statewide median-valued home for the same tax year that was prepared when the state budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) was signed into law in September 2017.  The new memo is based on final property tax levies and property tax credit distributions. Both memos used actual equalized property valuations.

The new memo shows the net tax bill on the median-valued home rose from $2,852 in 2016 to $2,876 in 2017, an increase of $24. The earlier memo had estimated a decrease of $3.

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145 districts to receive sparsity aid payments

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced the 145 school districts that will be receiving state sparsity aid payments of $400 per member (student) in the 2018-19 school year.  Sparsity aid payments are made on the third Monday in September to small, sparsely populated school districts that have fewer than 10 members (students) per square mile and fewer than 745 total members (students).  Continue reading 145 districts to receive sparsity aid payments

DPI releases July 1 aid estimates

From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

About half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive more general aid in the 2018‑19 school year than they did for the 2017‑18 school year based on estimates released today by the Department of Public Instruction. Continue reading DPI releases July 1 aid estimates

July 1 General Aid estimates to be released

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will release its annual July 1 general aid estimates a bit early this year–on Friday, June 29–because July 1 falls on a Sunday.

This is the first estimate of general aid for the 2018-19 school year.  It is based on unaudited figures from districts and, therefore, is subject to change. Nevertheless, school boards and administrators may find the estimate useful as they work on their annual budgets and attempt to project changes in their property tax levies.

The DPI will certify the actual state general aid amount for each district on Oct. 15. Continue reading July 1 General Aid estimates to be released

Teacher training grants available; Apply by July 16

Teacher Training and Development Grants are for Schools Boards, or a governing body of a public, private or charter school that can demonstrate a critical need to train and license teachers.  This is a new grant created in the 2017-19 biennial budget and is administered by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) as part of the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program.   Grant applications are due by Monday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Click here for the application materials.

Grant Amount: From $5,000 to $50,000 is available per grantee. Continue reading Teacher training grants available; Apply by July 16

May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks

With what was likely the last floor action for the 2017-18 legislative session completed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to thank state legislators who have done positive things for K-12 public education.  Showing gratitude and giving credit when lawmakers do things that we support is a crucial component in building relationships with them.  We don’t want them to feel we were unappreciative the next time we ask for their support.

Overall, it was a very good session for public education and there were many lawmakers from both parties who showed a strong interest in working with their local school boards and administrators as well as with the WASB.  We are highlighting only a few examples in this post, which is neither exhaustive nor complete, so if you don’t see your legislators and they have been helpful to you in some way please reach out to thank them. Continue reading May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks