Last week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) co-chairs removed 83 provisions identified as “non-fiscal” policy items from the governor’s budget bill. (See previous post).
However, a number of policy items with a significant impact on school boards and school districts remain in the bill. Here we highlight a few of them: Continue reading Several Significant K-12 Policy Items Remain in Budget Bill
Effective with the 2017-18 school year, the governor proposes to merge the Course Options and Youth Options programs into a new Early College Credit program governing traditional dual enrollment for college credit. The proposal aims to simplify college credit attainment for high school pupils and school districts and it would statutorily limit per-credit charges and spell out who is responsible for paying those credit costs. The proposal also explicitly allows pupils to take dual enrollment courses during the summer. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Merges Course Options, Youth Options; Restores Part-Time Open Enrollment
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has posted guidance for districts regarding changes to the Course Options statute (section 118.52, Wis. Stats.) made by the 2015-17 State Budget Bill (2015 Wisconsin Act 55). These changes took effect upon passage of the bill and are in effect for the 2015-16 school year.
You can find the DPI guidance here.
Many changes were made to the 2015-2017 state budget bill between the time Governor Walker introduced it in February and when he signed Act 55 into law on July 12. Unless you watched closely, it was difficult to keep track of what remained in the budget and what was removed.
Below are five items affecting schools that were for a brief time in the state budget, but were subsequently removed by the Legislature. None of the items listed below are in Act 55, although you may have seen references to them as the budget worked its way through the legislative process. Continue reading Whatever Happened to that Item in the Budget?…
The new 2015-17 state budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) imposes a number of additional notice requirements on school districts. These new requirements include that districts provide parents and guardians with notifications about:
- the academic standards adopted by the school board for that school year; (this requires prompt action, see note below)
- a copy of the school’s accountability report (report card) as well as the most recent ranking level assigned to each school within the school district boundaries, including independent “2r” charter schools and private schools participating in a private school choice program;
- a list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, including public schools, private schools participating in a private school choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time open enrollment, youth options, course options, and options for pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program; and
- the existence of the special needs voucher program (to be provided to the parents of each child with a disability enrolled in the school district.)
Continue reading New State Budget Requires Prompt School Board Action Regarding Notices to Parents and Guardians