Tag Archives: School Libraries

Summary of budget provisions related to libraries & technology

The  information below describes provisions in the governor’s 2019-21 state budget proposal related to school libraries and educational technology.  It was compiled by the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA).  WEMTA is an independent professional association serving school library media and instructional technology professionals. Continue reading Summary of budget provisions related to libraries & technology

Committee studying Common School Fund to meet Nov. 14

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the  Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds will hold its next meeting Nov. 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol.

The School Trust Funds under study by this committee include the Common School Fund, which provides the income from which Library Aids for public school libraries are generated.

The materials for this meeting  have been posted to the committee’s webpage, including the minutes of the committee’s October 11, 2018 meeting.

Study committee on school trust funds to meet Sept. 5

The second meeting of the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.

This Study Committee is reviewing the statutes governing the investment of the trust funds administered by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL).  This includes the Common School Fund from which aids for public school libraries are generated.  The Study Committee is also reviewing the statutes governing the loan programs (e.g., the State Trust Fund Loan Program) administered by BCPL. Continue reading Study committee on school trust funds to meet Sept. 5

Study committee on use and investment of Common School Fund to meet Thursday

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds will hold its first meeting on Thursday (August 16) at 10:00 AM in Room 411 South, State Capitol.  The hearing will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Eye.  A panel of school leaders (school board members and school administrators) is scheduled to testify beginning at 2:40 p.m. (You can view the agenda here.) Continue reading Study committee on use and investment of Common School Fund to meet Thursday

TEACH grants: $1.5 million available; apply by May 4 deadline

From the Office of Gov. Scott Walker:

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grants are now available to eligible school districts and libraries as a way to enhance the role of information technology in student learning and achievement, and to enhance the role libraries and librarians play in support of education. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA) in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Educational Technology Training Grants provide support for districts and libraries to attend, arrange, and administer training activities that build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers and librarians. Continue reading TEACH grants: $1.5 million available; apply by May 4 deadline

Hearing held on bill to eliminate the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands’ loan authority

The state Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection held a public hearing Wednesday, January 31 at 9:30 AM in Room 201 Southeast, State Capitol on Senate Bill 713.  (See hearing notice.)  The bill is authored by state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured at left), who chairs the committee hearing the bill, and is also a former Cedarburg School Board member.

Critics of the bill are concerned that it would end the State Trust Fund Loan program, which supports schools, public libraries, technical colleges and local governments. This loan program is currently managed by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL). Continue reading Hearing held on bill to eliminate the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands’ loan authority

Record $37.7 Million Coming to School Libraries from Common School Fund

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Attorney General Brad D. Schimel (left) and Secretary of State Doug La Follette (center) present $37.7 million in Common School Fund earnings to Assistant State Superintendent Kurt Kiefer.

Wisconsin’s K-12 public school libraries will receive $37.7 million, thanks to record earnings from Common School Fund investments, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) recently announced.

To see funding for your school district, click here. Continue reading Record $37.7 Million Coming to School Libraries from Common School Fund