Tag Archives: Mental Health

School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

When the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final meeting  on Dec. 19, it was clear that the voices of school leaders who testified at hearings held around the state and those who submitted written comments were heard. As Commission members worked their way through option papers on various school funding topics, the stories school leaders told were frequently cited.

See Statements from the co-chairs: Rep. Kitchens; Sen. Olsen

In the same way school leaders advocated effectively to persuade the legislators who were members of the Commission, now it will be time for school leaders to advocate with their own legislators to ensure these vital recommendations become law. Continue reading School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

AG Schimel announces $4 million in round 2 school safety grant awards

From a DOJ release:

Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced 66 schools and school districts will receive $3,969,793 from the second round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, which focuses on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.

A list of schools and school districts that were awarded round two school safety grants through September 19, 2018, is set forth below.  Continue reading AG Schimel announces $4 million in round 2 school safety grant awards

DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is expected to formally submit its 2019-21 state budget request on Monday (Sept. 17).

At the heart of the proposal is likely to be a revised version of the “Fair Funding for Our Future” plan State Supt. Tony Evers has proposed in previous budget requests.  In addition, the request is likely to call for a massive increase in state special education categorical aid as well as increases in state funding for school-based mental health services and additional relief for low revenue districts. Continue reading DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17

DOJ responds to criticisms of school safety grant round two required mental health training

Last week, mental health advocacy groups sent a letter to the Office of School Safety raising concerns about the adolescent mental health training that is required if a district receives a second round  school safety grant.

The following day, the Office of School Safety responded to those concerns via an e-mailed letter.

If your district has concerns about the second round of school safety grants, including what is required of districts under those grants or the application process, please let us know so we can better represent you. 

As a reminder, those applications must be submitted by tomorrow, August 30.

Earlier today, the Office of School Safety also issued the following clarifications about the training required under the round two grants: Continue reading DOJ responds to criticisms of school safety grant round two required mental health training

DOJ: Second round school safety grant applications now being accepted

The Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety has announced that applications for the second round of School Safety grant funds are now being accepted.

The deadline for making second round grant applications is August 30.

School districts interested in applying for the second round grant funding notified the DOJ of their interest by August 13. Continue reading DOJ: Second round school safety grant applications now being accepted

School safety grant funding–Round 2 reminders

The Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety recently announced plans to award a second round of school safety grants to utilize the remaining $45 million approved by the Legislature last spring.

Here’s what school leaders need to know to prepare for round 2: Continue reading School safety grant funding–Round 2 reminders

DOJ announces plans for remaining school safety funds; more grant recipients

From a WisDOJ release: Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced plans for a second round of grant funding by utilizing the approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money available. The second round of funding will focus on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health, the creation of local School Safety Intervention teams, and additional physical security upgrades. K-12 schools, both public and private, are encouraged to apply for the next round of grants, which will be awarded starting in October. Attorney General Schimel also announced today a list of 67 schools and school districts that combined will receive $4,912,591 from the first round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (WisDOJ) School Safety Grant program. Continue reading DOJ announces plans for remaining school safety funds; more grant recipients