WASB Government Relations staff hand delivered our budget veto letter to Governor Walker this afternoon.
The Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education (FCA4PE) is sponsoring 6 rallies throughout the Fox Cities on successive Tuesdays. Three rallies took place in Appleton, Neenah and Kaukauna on June 8, 16, and 23. Three more are scheduled in Kimberly, Menasha and Little Chute.
The remaining rallies are Tuesday evenings from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and will be held at the following locations: Continue reading Community/Parents’ Groups Rally In Support of Public Education
The JFC budget approves the governor’s recommendation to prohibit the state superintendent from adopting or approving examinations developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Badger Exam) and prohibits the state from participating in the Smarter Balanced Consortium. The budget continues to fund implementation of the Dynamic Learning assessment system and the American College Testing (ACT) suite of tests. The ACT tests are administered to students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
The budget version adopted by the JFC also eliminates the requirement that schools administer the ninth grade examination in the fall session (schools are still required to administer the ninth grade examination in the spring session).
In addition, the JFC budget bill would require that any assessment adopted and approved by the State Superintendent to replace the Badger Exam must meet the following criteria: Continue reading JFC Budget: Pupil Assessment Provisions
The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations has scheduled a public hearing for this Wednesday afternoon on a bill (Assembly Bill 194) that would require the successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test as a condition for obtaining a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
The proposed “citizenship” test would be a “high-stakes” test in that failure to pass the test would prevent a student from graduating high school or getting a GED. Wisconsin has never required students to pass a state test in order to graduate. Continue reading Assembly Committee Set to Hold Hearing on Civics Mandate Bill
A northern Wisconsin lawmaker is circulating a bill draft that would require successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test for high school graduation. State Representative James Edming (R-Glen Fora) sent a memo to fellow lawmakers looking for support last week Friday. After detailing recent polls where a high number of adult respondents cannot correctly answer certain civics questions the memo states: Continue reading Civics Mandate Draft Being Circulated