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:
A recent story from Wisconsin Public Radio details how schools being impacted by flooding are using flexibility provided by a 2013 state law change that eliminated the 180 days of instruction mandate. WASB actively worked to change the law based on our member-approved resolutions which sought greater local control and flexibility. Continue reading WASB-backed flexibility in state law helps districts dealing with flooding
The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), has scheduled a public hearing on a number of bills dealing with financial literacy, hours of instruction, summer school funding, pupil data and more.
Here are the details and the bills that are on the agenda: Continue reading Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda
The Co-Chairs of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have announced they will work off of Governor Walker’s budget proposal in all areas with the exception of the Department of Transportation.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) & state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) also announced the removal of non-fiscal policy items from the budget, including the governor’s proposal to eliminate the required minimum hours of instruction for public schools. Continue reading Budget Committee Co-Chairs: We’ll Work From Governor’s K-12 Budget
Among the hundreds of items included in Gov. Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget are a number of provisions intended to provide “flexibility” to school boards and districts by repealing or modifying certain mandates on preK-12 education.
The governor’s proposed budget would: