Tag Archives: Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Dyslexia study committee set to make recommendations on Oct. 23

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 23 to consider making several recommendations, including proposed legislation.  The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison.

One proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in consultation with an advisory committee created under the bill, to develop a guidebook related to reading difficulties and dyslexia for pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

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DPI: Over half of districts to receive more general aid than last year

As required by state statute, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has certified the general state aid amount each public school district will receive for the 2018-19 school year.  These amounts are funded from the state’s $4.656 billion general state aid appropriation, which is $72.75 million (1.6 percent) larger than last year’s allocation.

Because of the overall increase in the general aid distribution this year, roughly 55 percent of the state’s public school districts (230 of 422) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2017‑18. Continue reading DPI: Over half of districts to receive more general aid than last year

Tony Evers seeking $1.4 billion increase for schools in DPI budget request

State Superintendent and candidate for governor Tony Evers is seeking a substantial increase for public schools in his agency’s budget request according to  press reports.  The  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pegs the additional amount at  $1.4 billion.

A large portion of the increase will be devoted to special education funding and increases in other categorical aids.  Another large portion of the increase is slated to go into general equalization aid to offset potential increases in local property tax levies that could stem from allowing state-imposed revenue limits to be adjusted for inflation and to hold districts harmless against losses. Continue reading Tony Evers seeking $1.4 billion increase for schools in DPI budget request

DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is expected to formally submit its 2019-21 state budget request on Monday (Sept. 17).

At the heart of the proposal is likely to be a revised version of the “Fair Funding for Our Future” plan State Supt. Tony Evers has proposed in previous budget requests.  In addition, the request is likely to call for a massive increase in state special education categorical aid as well as increases in state funding for school-based mental health services and additional relief for low revenue districts. Continue reading DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17

145 districts to receive sparsity aid payments

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced the 145 school districts that will be receiving state sparsity aid payments of $400 per member (student) in the 2018-19 school year.  Sparsity aid payments are made on the third Monday in September to small, sparsely populated school districts that have fewer than 10 members (students) per square mile and fewer than 745 total members (students).  Continue reading 145 districts to receive sparsity aid payments

Additional details on DPI’s budget request emerging

Recently released details indicate the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI’s) budget request for the 2019-21 biennium will include a proposal to increase the reimbursement rate for Bilingual-Bicultural Aid from 8 percent to 30 percent by 2021. The proposal also creates a new program to better serve all English learners, including those in schools not required to be offer Bilingual-Bicultural programming. Continue reading Additional details on DPI’s budget request emerging

DPI budget request includes indexing revenue limits to inflation; returning to state covering 2/3 of costs; “Fair Funding” elements

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 2019-21 state budget request will incorporate elements from the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan which he has proposed in previous budgets.  According to the DPI website this includes “guaranteeing state funding for every student” and “accounting for family income and poverty as a factor in educating students”.

He also called for returning the state’s share of education costs to two-thirds, indexing revenue limits to inflation and increasing funding for 4 year old kindergarten programs. Continue reading DPI budget request includes indexing revenue limits to inflation; returning to state covering 2/3 of costs; “Fair Funding” elements