Two mandates that were initially proposed by Gov. Walker and subsequently removed by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) as non-fiscal policy have been restored in the budget plan released by the state Senate GOP.
These provisions require school districts to compile and include on school report cards various career-ready indicators and include “success sequence” information in academic and career planning services. Continue reading School Report Card, Academic/Career Plan Mandates Restored in Senate GOP Budget Plan
Wisconsin public school students’ participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program continues to increase, according to figures released recently by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Those figures show an additional 2,457 public school students took AP exams in the 2015-16 school year, a 6.5 percent jump compared to the prior school year.
In all, Wisconsin public school students took 68,316 AP exams in May 2016 and earned scores of three or higher on 65.5 percent of those exams. Students earning a score of three, four, or five on AP exams generally receive college credit, advanced standing, or both at many colleges and universities worldwide. Continue reading Public School Students’ AP Participation Continues to Climb
A year ago, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces including the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education. According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force was to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly.
The Urban Education Task Force chair, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), released her final report in June. Vice-chair Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb, pictured), on behalf of the task force Democrats, released a minority report which makes the following recommendations: Continue reading Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report
State Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) has introduced Assembly Bill 144 which would allow some schools to start before September 1. Only schools that have more than 20% participation in Advanced Placement (AP) exams would be allowed an exemption from the Sept. 1 start date. Ott estimates that equates to about 32 districts.
The Sept. 1 start date mandate was implemented with the support of the state tourism industry which has long argued that starting school in August hurts their bottom line on Labor Day weekend. They will likely lead the opposition to this bill as well.
Continue reading School Start Date Legislation Introduced