Next year’s U.S. Census, known as Census 2020, will be the 24th decennial census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census count, will be April 1, 2020.
The census provides a snapshot of national, state and local demographics. The data collected help the federal government decide where to focus its attention and resources (i.e., funding). For that reason, ensuring an accurate census count is important for states and schools.
Studies suggest that states can lose between $1,000 and $1,300 for each person not counted. Continue reading What school board members should know about the U.S. Census
Federal legislation reauthorizing and renaming the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (a/k/a/ “Perkins V”) will take effect on July 1, 2019..
Here’s more of what local school leaders need to know about this new law, which we’ll refer to as “Perkins V” to save time and space.
Continue reading What local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 2)
On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed into law a bill to reauthorize and rename the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006 as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.
This new act has been dubbed “Perkins V” even though Perkins is no longer part of its name. For purposes of this post, we’ll refer to the new law using this shorthand name to save time and space.
Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new law:
Continue reading Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 1)
Congress passed a long-awaited bipartisan overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act Wednesday (July 25) when the U.S. House of Representatives approved changes made by the U.S. Senate on a voice vote, then sent the legislation to the President for his signature.
The $1.1 billion Perkins CTE program, last reauthorized in 2006, provides funding for job training and related programs for high school students as well as for students in higher education. President Donald Trump has made career and technical education a priority for his administration and has called on Congress to send him the bill.
Continue reading Congress reauthorizes Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
The new federal 2018 fiscal year spending law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump increases spending at the U.S. Department of Education by $2.6 billion over previously enacted levels, up to $70.9 billion.
The two biggest federal K-12 education spending programs will see significant increases–Title I funding, which funds programs to improve the education of disadvantaged students, is increased by $300 million to $15.8 billion, and IDEA grants for special education rise by $299 million to $13.1 billion. Continue reading New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers
The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session. However, before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate. Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.
Bills the WASB Supports: Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20
Last week, members of the WASB Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of our Wisconsin Congressional delegation and their staff and discuss WASB’s concerns and priorities for federal legislation affecting K-12 public schools.
It was a vital time to be on Capitol Hill as Congress worked on funding legislation to avert a federal government shutdown and to begin finalizing 2018 fiscal year funding as well as making preparations to take up the fiscal year 2019 budget. Continue reading WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress