This is the first of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.
Both state and federal law require school districts to provide special education services to pupils with disabilities.
Wisconsin state law has mandated special education services for pupils with disabilities since the 1973-74 school year. This predates the federal mandate for special education services, which began in 1975 with the enactment of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHCA), the precursor to the current federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA). Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series
As you may know, Wisconsin’s twelve Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) are WASB members. In an effort to help CESA Purchasing, a statewide purchasing cooperative with offices in CESA 2, better serve school district needs and better communicate the benefits of its purchasing program, the WASB has been asked to share information with school leaders about CESA Purchasing and a survey they are conducting. Continue reading CESA Purchasing Seeks Feedback From School Leaders
In mid-April, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requested that Wisconsin school districts complete and return a survey about whether and to what extent they are experiencing teacher shortages are how they are addressing those issues.
Continue reading DPI Sets Meetings to Discuss Teacher Shortage Survey Results
WASB Government Relations staff hand delivered our budget veto letter to Governor Walker this afternoon.
Crucial JFC Votes on K-12 Education Items in the Proposed State Budget SET FOR TUESDAY (MAY 19) – The Time to Contact Legislators is NOW!
JFC members are voting to approve, amend, or delete provisions from the budget proposed by the governor. They hope to wrap up their actions by Memorial Day.
The WASB expects major voucher expansion and independent charter school expansion proposals to be approved on Tuesday as well as a plan to transfer control of certain low-performing MPS schools to the Milwaukee County executive.
While this is disappointing and frustrating, public school leaders must now focus on areas where we may still be able to have influence on in this budget – protecting the investment in our public schools by securing an increase in funding for our students. Continue reading ALERT: KEY K-12 STATE BUDGET VOTES IMMINENT; CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS!
Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the list of non-fiscal policy items contained within the proposed 2015-2017 State Budget. The list is comprised of items that generally have no state fiscal effect and have a policy implication. Included in the list are provisions relating to:
- Making school district participation in CESAs voluntary.
District Operations/Standards Continue reading LFB Identifies Non-Fiscal Policy Items in Budget Proposal