Last week, the U.S. Department of Education awarded approximately $253 million in new federal grants to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation. The grants were awarded to state educational agencies and other state entities, charter management organizations (CMOs) and other non-profit organizations across the country. Continue reading Wisconsin Is One of Nine States to Receive New Federal Charter School Grants
Perhaps overshadowed by all the focus this week on the 2017-19 state budget was the submission by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) of Wisconsin’s Consolidated State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As required by federal law, Wisconsin submitted its plan to the U.S. Department of Education on the deadline date of last Monday (Sept. 18).
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) held the last of six scheduled listening sessions to gather public opinion on Wisconsin’s plan for implementing federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Tuesday, June 27.
Those who were unable to attend a listening session may submit formal comments through June 30 via the online comment form.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced a schedule of six listening sessions on Wisconsin’s proposed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan.
Here are the dates, times and locations of the upcoming listening sessions: Continue reading DPI Announces Listening Sessions on ESSA State Plan
When Must an Opt-Out Be Granted Under Current Law?
The current state statute establishing a parental right to opt-out children from testing was enacted when the only required assessments were those required by state law. It predates federal testing requirements enacted under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and continued under its successor, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a not-entirely-surprising result, current state law requires an opt-out to be granted only for state-mandated tests but not for testing that is federally-required under ESSA.
This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.
Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan
Last week Congress avoided a possible shutdown of the federal government when it approved and sent to President Trump a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund public education and other federal programs throughout the remainder of federal Fiscal Year 2017, which runs through Sept. 30. The so-called “omnibus” bill (H.R. 244) was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 309-118 and by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 79-18. It was signed into law by President Trump on May 5.
Overall, in the education area, the FY 2017 omnibus bill, makes net cuts of about $1.1 billion, but provides a more than a $1 billion increase compared with comparable 2016 funding levels for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, Impact Aid, and student support programs under Title IV (ESSA). The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. Continue reading President Signs Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Thru Sept. 30