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School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

The co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have introduced legislation that would count full-day 4K students as 1.0 pupil for funding purposes (see more info below). This is based on a recommendation from the commission and is supported by the WASB.

We encourage you to contact your state legislators to urge support of companion bills Senate Bill 408 and Assembly Bill 465. Neither bill has been scheduled for a public hearing yet in the respective education committees. We will keep you up to date here and if this would be a benefit to your district, please consider coming to testify at a hearing. Continue reading School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

Do state school report cards tell us much we don’t already know?

Last week the Department of Public Instruction released state school and school district report cards for the 422 school districts in existence when 2017-18 data was gathered. (There are now 421 school districts due to a consolidation.)

Editor’s Note:  Wisconsin has two accountability systems. Our federal accountability system was purposely designed to address just the lowest-performing schools in the state.  State policymakers wanted to keep the existing state accountability system as one under which no federal permissions would be needed, hence two systems.

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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

Senate Education Committee will hold public hearing tomorrow

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), will hold a public hearing at 9AM on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in room 300 Southeast in the state Capitol on the following proposals:

Senate Bill 711
Relating to: a pilot grant program to support college courses taught in high
schools and making an appropriation.
By Senators Olsen, Darling, Feyen and Bewley; cosponsored by Representatives
Rohrkaste, Kooyenga, Quinn and Sinicki. Continue reading Senate Education Committee will hold public hearing tomorrow

Report Urges States to Create Clear Education Vision and Systemic Reform Seen in High-Performing Countries

Senator Luther Olsen in Committee-thumb-800xauto-5833America’s state legislatures and public schools should study and learn from top-performing education systems in other countries to improve education in the U.S., according to a new bipartisan report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) that prescribes an urgent call to state action.

According to the study, the common elements present in nearly every world-class education system include: a strong early education system, a reimagined and professionalized teacher workforce, robust career and technical education programs, and a comprehensive, aligned system of education. Continue reading Report Urges States to Create Clear Education Vision and Systemic Reform Seen in High-Performing Countries

Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report

popeA year ago, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces including the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education. According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force was to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly.

The Urban Education Task Force chair, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), released her final report in June. Vice-chair Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb, pictured), on behalf of the task force Democrats, released a minority report which makes the following recommendations:  Continue reading Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report

What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 3, State Report Cards)

Today we continue a several-part analysis of what decisions the state and local districts will need to make to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our first post covered some of the basics of the new law; the second examined the decisions ESSA requires states must make as they develop state accountability plans. We now look at decisions surrounding state report cards and other topics areas where the state must make decisions.

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