As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018. One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.
What will be the top posts of 2019? Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!
Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018
From the Office of School Safety:
“The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released today Exercise Starter Kits for the K-12 community focused on an active shooter incident as part of the Campus Resilience (CR) Program. The Exercise Starter kits were developed in support of Department’s school safety efforts, including its work with the Federal Commission on School Safety.
Continue reading Active shooter exercise kits available
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
For the past half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), an organization of professional educators, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
For the 19th consecutive year, Americans have named the lack of funding as the biggest problem facing their local schools and by a higher margin than in recent years.
Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed say teacher pay in their community is too low, while just 6 percent say it’s too high. Further, for the first time since the question was asked in 1969, a majority of respondents (54 percent) say they would not want their child to become a public school teacher, often citing poor pay and benefits among their reasons. Continue reading 50th annual PDK poll results: Public supports more funding for schools, teachers
From the Office of School Safety at DOJ:
Due to confusion about the due date, and recognizing that many of our schools are in a state of emergency due to flooding, DOJ has extended the application deadline to 11:59pm on Friday, August 31.
SRO Training Opportunities
Please see below for upcoming training opportunities for School Resource Officers. Continue reading DOJ: Round 2 grant deadline extended to Friday, August 31; SRO training info
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
From the Dept of Justice Office of School Safety:
The Adolescent Mental Health Training and the Threat Assessment Team Course required as a prerequisite for the second round of funding will be provided by the DOJ for no cost to the school. However, the school will need to cover the costs associated with travel to the training such as mileage, lodging, and meals. It is permitted to use grant funding to cover these costs if it is identified within the budget spreadsheet submitted in Egrants.
Continue reading DOJ: school safety grant round 2 update