On Thursday, May 23 the GOP members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed an omnibus motion on K-12 education on a party-line vote. The motion covers two fiscal years (2019-20/1st year & 2020-21/2nd year). The total amount by which state funding for K-12 education is increased over those two years under the motion is approximately $500 million.
Below are highlights of that plan (numbers are rounded): Continue reading Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted
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
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced the 145 school districts that will be receiving state sparsity aid payments of $400 per member (student) in the 2018-19 school year. Sparsity aid payments are made on the third Monday in September to small, sparsely populated school districts that have fewer than 10 members (students) per square mile and fewer than 745 total members (students). Continue reading 145 districts to receive sparsity aid payments
According to a release from Gov. Walker’s office:
OCONTO FALLS – Governor Scott Walker today announced $1.5 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grant awards have been awarded to help 196 rural school districts and 172 rural public libraries to strengthen the information technology knowledge and capacity of educators…
…Since 2016, 786 training grants to rural schools and 172 grants to public libraries totaling nearly $6 million ($5,995,785) have been awarded. Each year of grants has allowed district teachers and now librarians to attend, arrange, and provide training activities to build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers. Continue reading $1.5 million in TEACH grants awarded
A record 144 small, rural Wisconsin school districts have received a total of $18.5 million in sparsity aid payments for the 2017-18 school year. These 144 school districts (comprising roughly 34 percent of Wisconsin’s 422 school districts) qualified for sparsity aid based on having a membership of 745 or fewer students and a density of less than 10 pupils per square mile of the district’s geographic area. Continue reading 144 Wisconsin School Districts Share In Sparsity Aid
The Wisconsin Legislature wrapped up its fall floor period last week. Lawmakers won’t return to the floor again until January. The fate of any number of bills may depend on how many proposals the houses want to tackle.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) told WisPolitics.com late last week that he expects the Assembly to meet for two weeks in January and two weeks in February as well.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said he expects the Senate to be in one day each in January, February and March. Continue reading Legislature Recesses Until January; Hopes Dim for Action on Sparsity Aid, Relief for Low-Revenue Districts
Governor Scott Walker is visiting schools in Wausaukee, Cadott, and Belmont today to announce his support for new legislation to increase Sparsity Aid for rural schools, an idea he championed earlier this year.
Currently, the Sparsity Aid Program aims to offset the challenges faced by the smallest, most rural school districts in the state through providing $300 in per-pupil funding for districts with enrollments of 745 or less and a density of less than 10 pupils per square mile.
Continue reading New Plan to Boost Sparsity Aid Gets Gov. Walker’s Backing