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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.

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

House-Senate Conference Committee Approves ESEA Rewrite (S. 1177) with Amendments

Yesterday (Nov. 19), the House-Senate Conference Committee approved S. 1177 –the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with amendments—by a 39-1 vote.

The full Report/bill language is expected to become public on November 30. The House could vote on the bill December 2 – 3 and the Senate could vote as early as December 7.

Click here to view the ESEA Framework as approved by the conference committee, which includes commentary from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Continue reading House-Senate Conference Committee Approves ESEA Rewrite (S. 1177) with Amendments

Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)

Two K-12 education-related task forces create by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) are set to hold hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its first meeting in Madison at 1:00 PM in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The focus will be on teacher recruitment and retention in urban school systems.

Invited speakers will include: Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System; and representatives of the Department of Public Instruction, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College.

At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony regarding the focus topics of teacher recruitment, retention and training.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness will hold its second meeting in Wausau at 11:00 AM at Northcentral Technical College. The hearing will take place in Room 1004 – Auditorium, Center for Health Sciences, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. Continue reading Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)