With freezing rain and ice-covered roads in northern Wisconsin yesterday and more wintry weather expected later today we are sharing the following guidance that the Department of Public Instruction provided to school district administrators last Friday (Feb. 1) via email:
In a series of posts, we’ll take a closer look at several study committees that recently completed their work on topics related to K-12 education and public schools.
We’ll start with the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia, which met for the last time in mid-December and voted to recommend two draft bills for the Joint Legislative Council to introduce in the 2019-20 session.
From DPI: “Governor-elect and State Superintendent Tony Evers announced today his intention to appoint current Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor as the next state superintendent following his oath of office on Jan. 7.
“Stanford Taylor is the first female, African-American appointed to serve as an assistant state superintendent. She will be Wisconsin’s first African-American state superintendent of public instruction. Carolyn currently oversees the Special Education Team, one of the agency’s largest teams; the Student Services / Prevention and Wellness Team, which focuses on student safety, support, and engagement; and the residential schools for students who are blind and visually impaired in Janesville and students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Delavan. She is the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition recipient, an honor bestowed by the Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management, to female state employees who are making a difference through their service to Wisconsin.”
The WASB applauds the choice of Carolyn Stanford Taylor to be the next state superintendent of public instruction and looks forward to working with her on supporting, promoting and advancing public education in Wisconsin.
Full DPI Release: Carolyn Stanford Taylor to be appointed next state superintendent
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.
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
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
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