A new report from the state Department of Administration (DOA) suggests that despite positive growth in state tax collections, incoming governor-elect Tony Evers would need an additional $1.1 billion to meet all state agency budget requests.
The report released yesterday (Nov. 20) and entitled Agency Requests and Revenue Estimates for FY2020 and FY2021 compares 2019-21 budget requests submitted by state agencies and estimated state revenues leading up to and continuing within the 2019-21 biennium. The report provides guidance likely to be used by Evers as he assembles the 2019-21 state budget likely to be introduced in early February.
Continue reading State expects new revenues of $2.1 billion through mid-2021
From the governor’s office press release:
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced a new tool for school administrators and public safety officials to make schools safer and more secure through the purchasing process of new equipment and use of service contracts. The website, schoolsafetycontracts.wi.gov, was created in conjunction with Governor Walker’s $100 million School Safety Plan through Executive Order #279 relating to school security and safety equipment, supply, and service contracts. Continue reading Governor announces new school safety contract website
Specific details of Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Package are becoming available. We anticipate that copies of the six bills that comprise the package will be posted on the Legislature’s website by tomorrow (Friday, March 16) afternoon, once the paper ballot vote in each house on introducing the package of six bills has been tallied.
The heart of the package is the creation of a $100 million grant program, to be administered by a new Office of School Safety within the state Department of Justice (DOJ). The director of this new office would be appointed by the Attorney General. The office would award grants to improve school safety to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. Although the money would be provided in the 2017-18 fiscal year, it would be provided under a continuing appropriation, so that any money that was not spent during the that period would carry over.
Continue reading Details of Governor’s special session school safety package emerge
As the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began hearing briefings from various state agencies concerning their budget requests, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel used a portion of his testimony to highlight investments in K-12 education Gov. Walker is proposing. Here is what Sec. Neitzel told committee members earlier today:
Continue reading DOA Secretary Neitzel’s Testimony to JFC Touts Investments in K-12 Education in Gov’s Proposed Budget
WASB Day at the Capitol was held this past Wednesday, March 15. Over 250 school board members, administrators and others made their way to Madison to take our message to the Capitol. Thank you to all who took time out of their schedules to make the trip!
The morning program began with WASB President Capt. Terry McCloskey, USN Retired, of the Three Lakes School Board welcoming attendees and introducing Secretary Scott Neitzel of the Wisconsin Dept. of Administration (the agency that puts together the governor’s budget) who provided an overview of Governor Walker’s budget proposal. Continue reading Another Successful Day at the Capitol is in the Books Thanks to You
The state’s TEACH Program is now accepting applications for two school technology grant programs that are available to school districts with fewer than 13 students per square mile:
- TEACH Teacher Training Grants for Education Technology provide $1.5 million in support for educators in eligible districts to attend, arrange, and provide training activities to build their information technology knowledge and capacity. Applications must be received before midnight on Monday, October 10, 2016. More information: Eligible Districts; Grant FAQ; Application Instructions.
- TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants provide $7.5 million in funding for technology infrastructure to improve the capacity of school districts to utilize technology for instruction. Applications must be received before midnight on Friday, November 11, 2016. More information: Eligible Districts; Grant FAQ; Application Information.
The TEACH Program is administered by the state Department of Administration (DOA). TEACH stands for Technology for Educational ACHievement.
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its second meeting on Tuesday, August 16. Margaret Murphy of the Neenah School Board is a public member of the committee.
The study committee members heard presentations from information security officials from the Department of Administration (DOA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and several private student data organizations. Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Holds Second Meeting