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
New details from the Washington Post confirm that President Trump’s first full federal budget proposal includes a cut of 13.5% ($9.2 billion) to the U.S. Department of Education as signaled in the so-called “skinny budget” outline released back in mid-March.
That outline called for eliminating the $2.1 billion (Title II) grant program for teacher and principal recruitment and development and a $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program that supports after-school and summer programs.
Emerging reports indicate the following specific cuts will also be proposed to federal K-12 education programs: Continue reading Details of Trump Education Budget Emerge, Public Schools to Face Cuts as School Choice Initiatives Expand
Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 17), the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has scheduled a committee markup session to review and vote on H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” The Committee meeting can be viewed online via live webcast at 10:00 am (EDT)/9:00 am (CDT).
Continue reading House Committee Set to Advance Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Program
From Gov. Walker’s Press Release:
Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced 21 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of nearly $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities.
The following school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants today: Continue reading Fab Lab Grants Awarded to 21 WI School Districts
According to a release from the Governor’s office, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Lab) Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills. Application information can be found at InWisconsin.com/fablabs. The deadline to apply is December 15. Continue reading WEDC Accepting Applications for Fab Lab Grants