Wisconsin has done a good job of getting increased amounts of bandwidth at a reasonable cost to our school buildings; however, that is not yet the case for many students at their homes. Various state agencies have worked collaboratively with Internet service providers to develop easy-to-use tools to identify who provides internet access to a particular residential location and whether any eligible income-based discount programs might apply.
As school registration/enrollment approaches, the DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology has asked that we share information about these tools and how districts can use them to benefit student learning. Continue reading DPI to host call-in session on tools to find home internet service discounts
252 Wisconsin school districts will receive nearly $7.8 million in grants to improve broadband access and classroom technology under the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure Grant program. Governor Walker announced the grant awards Monday during a visit to the Mosinee School District.
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Gov. Scott Walker will highlight K-12 investments in his State of the State speech this afternoon (Jan. 24 at 3pm) to a joint session of the state legislature. These themes will likely be similar to what he shared with state education convention attendees last Friday. You can watch the speech live on Wisconsin Eye.
The governor previewed excerpts from his speech on Twitter including the following related to K-12 public schools:
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As the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began hearing briefings from various state agencies concerning their budget requests, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel used a portion of his testimony to highlight investments in K-12 education Gov. Walker is proposing. Here is what Sec. Neitzel told committee members earlier today:
Continue reading DOA Secretary Neitzel’s Testimony to JFC Touts Investments in K-12 Education in Gov’s Proposed Budget
Governor Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget calls for expanding broadband funding and access for rural schools and communities, including through an expansion of the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Program. Overall, the governor’s plan would increase state funding for broadband programs by an estimated $34.5 million over the two-year budget cycle to a total estimated level of $40.5 million. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Aims to Expand Broadband Coverage for Rural Schools, Communities
Governor Walker announced rural school budget initiatives at several stops around the state today. The plan would boost sparsity aid and transportation aid, invest in rural broadband, include provisions relating to teacher recruitment/retention and sharing of services between districts, and continue Fab Lab grants. Several of the proposals are straight out of the WASB Legislative Agenda and supported by our membership via Delegate Assembly Resolutions.
In response, WASB Executive Director John Ashley released the following statement:
I want to thank Governor Walker for recognizing the needs of rural schools and following through with these proposed investments. The WASB and school board members have advocated for many of these proposals with the Governor’s office and state legislators. In fact, several were included in our legislative agenda and are supported by our members via resolutions.
It is important to note that some of these initiatives, in particular the UW Flex Option for recruiting and retaining teachers, would be helpful for all of our districts as urban/suburban schools are dealing with these issues as well.
Public schools are the bedrock of our communities and I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and State Legislature on investing in all of Wisconsin’s public schools throughout this state budget process. Continue reading Governor Walker Proposes Rural Schools Initiatives; WASB Reaction
While providing no new specifics, Governor Scott Walker once again reiterated in his State of the State Address that he will increase funding to public schools in his state budget proposal next month. He also pledged to target assistance to rural schools and those with declining enrollment:
“Our budget will include a significant increase for public schools. We will also help rural schools that have unique challenges, such as transportation costs, broadband access, and declining enrollment.”
Continue reading Gov. Walker Promises Significant Increase in Public School Funding; Rural School Assistance