Last week the Department of Public Instruction released state school and school district report cards for the 422 school districts in existence when 2017-18 data was gathered. (There are now 421 school districts due to a consolidation.)
Editor’s Note: Wisconsin has two accountability systems. Our federal accountability system was purposely designed to address just the lowest-performing schools in the state. State policymakers wanted to keep the existing state accountability system as one under which no federal permissions would be needed, hence two systems.
Continue reading Do state school report cards tell us much we don’t already know?
Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations
In a ceremony in his Capitol office, Governor Walker signed three bills the WASB supported into law Tuesday morning (April 3). Specifically, the governor signed:
Senate Bill 407 – Transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils (Act 215)
Continue reading Governor signs three more K-12 education related bills into law
Although the state Senate will still meet at least one more time this session and we expect it to pass additional bills, here is a list of the bills affecting public K-12 education that have passed both houses and are ready to be delivered to Governor Walker’s desk:
Continue reading K-12 education bills currently awaiting the governor’s signature
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The state Assembly is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22. A proposed calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday has been released including the following bills related to K-12 education:
Assembly Bill 215: Education about nutrition.
Continue reading Several K-12 bills to be taken up in Assembly Feb. 20-21
The Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on two bills on Thursday , Feb. 1:
Assembly Bill 569 relating to: publication of school and school district accountability reports.
This bill is companion bill to Senate Bill 494, which the WASB supports. Senate Bill 494 was passed by the state Senate on Jan. 23. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee hearing held on Feb. 1