The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
Last week, members of the WASB Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of our Wisconsin Congressional delegation and their staff and discuss WASB’s concerns and priorities for federal legislation affecting K-12 public schools.
It was a vital time to be on Capitol Hill as Congress worked on funding legislation to avert a federal government shutdown and to begin finalizing 2018 fiscal year funding as well as making preparations to take up the fiscal year 2019 budget. Continue reading WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress
The state Assembly is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22. A proposed calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday has been released including the following bills related to K-12 education:
Assembly Bill 215: Education about nutrition.
Continue reading Several K-12 bills to be taken up in Assembly Feb. 20-21
On Monday (Feb. 12), President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018. This is the second budget proposal of his presidency, and, in many ways, it resembles the budget he proposed last year.
The latest plan would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s budget for fiscal 2019 by about $3.6 billion or roughly 5.3 percent compared to current levels. While significant, this represents a smaller cut than what the president sought for fiscal 2018, when he proposed cutting $9.2 billion—or 13.5 percent—from the Education Department. Continue reading President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%
Today (Sept. 6), the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a bipartisan FY2018 funding bill for the federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, that is $3 billion above the FY2017 level and $27.5 billion above the President’s budget request.
The Senate subcommittee also rejected President Trump’s proposed cuts to teacher training and afterschool funding (see below). Full Senate committee consideration of the funding measure is scheduled for Thursday. The 2018 federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
Here are capsule descriptions of some of the key funding provisions for K-12 education:
Continue reading Federal Appropriations Bill for Education Gains U.S. Senate Subcommittee Approval
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
The WASB testified today in support of Senate Bill 127 relating to career and technical education incentive grants. The bill is authored by state Senator Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) and was heard before the Senate Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues Committee today (May 24) at the state Capitol.
The WASB also testified in support of the Assembly companion bill, Assembly Bill 192, authored by state Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) during a public hearing in late April. Both bills must now be voted out of their respective committees before advancing to the full Senate and Assembly. Continue reading Career & Tech Ed Grant Bill Has Public Hearing