The newly-formed Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold its first meeting—an informational public hearing—Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 AM in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. (View meeting notice.)
The Commission will hear a presentation from the Department of Public Instruction and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Testimony will be from invited speakers only. Continue reading School Funding Commission to Hold First Meeting Dec. 14
With property tax bills set to be mailed this week, school property taxes are likely to come under scrutiny once again.
Although per pupil revenue limits on school districts meant to hold down property taxes were unchanged by the Legislature, 2017-18 school levies totaled $4.945 billion, a slight increase of $87.1 million (1.8%) over the previous year, according to Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) figures, and below the rate of inflation.
That increase in gross school levies will be more or less offset by an $87 million increase in the school levy credit, through which the state directly reduces the net tax due on taxpayers’ bills. Continue reading Statewide School Tax Levies Up Less Than Inflation
Gov. Scott Walker signed a group of bills on Friday, Dec. 8, including Senate Bill 253 authored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield) that will implement in state statutes provisions in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) intended to prohibit aiding and abetting sexual abuse of children/students by school personnel.
The bill would specify in state law that it is immoral conduct for a DPI licensee (e.g., a teacher, administrator or HR director, etc.) to assist a school employee, contractor, or agent to obtain a new job in a school or school district if the licensee knows or has reason to believe that the person committed a sex offense against a student or a minor. A violation could subject the licensee to potential loss or his or her DPI license. Continue reading Bill to Expand Immoral Conduct to Include Aiding & Abetting Sexual Abuse Signed Into Law
Governor Scott Walker signed six education-related bills into law today (Nov. 30) during a ceremony in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol. They included:
Senate Bill 382, relating to school employee tuberculosis (TB) screening;
Current law requires school districts to condition the employment of school personnel who come in contact with children or who handle or prepare food for children upon a physical examination by a licensed physician that includes a chest X-ray or a tuberculin test. The cost of such examinations, including X-rays and tuberculin tests, must be paid out of school district funds. Current law also permits a school district to require employees to undergo additional physical examinations at intervals determined by the school district. Continue reading Governor Signs Six Education Bills Into Law
As we posted previously, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the school and district accountability report cards showing 82% of public and private schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations for educating students by earning at least three stars. Over 95 percent of the state’s public school districts earned a three-star rating or higher.
From the DPI: Continue reading Report Cards Released; Show High Score Fluctuations for Some Schools/Districts
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the calculation of general school aids and the aid amounts to be received by each school district in the 2017-18 school year.
The LFB memo provides information on each districts’ pupil membership, adjusted equalized value per member, shared cost per member, general equalization aid eligibility, and net general school aid payment. A separate attachment indicates the amounts received by districts eligible for high poverty aid.
The figures provided in the LFB memo reflect the DPI’s October 15 aid calculation. As a result, the memo indicates each districts’ general aid reduction attributable to independent charters schools, and MPS’ aid reduction for the Milwaukee voucher program. However, the memo does not indicate the reductions in districts’ aid attributable to having resident pupils within their boundaries who first participated in either the Statewide or Racine voucher programs in 2015-16 or later. State statutes specify that these aid reductions are not shown in DPI’s October 15 aid calculation.
View LFB Memo– 2017-18 General School Aids Amounts for All School Districts
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is set to publish school and school district report cards tomorrow morning.
We expect DPI’s news release to go out at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, and the public report cards will be available after that, likely by or around 7 a.m.
Continue reading DPI to Release School District and School Report Cards Tomorrow