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Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations

The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education has released its final report. The task force was convened by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) last year and chaired by Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) with the aim of improving educational outcomes at urban schools.

Vice Chair Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) issued a statement indicating Democrats on the task force would be releasing their own separate report soon.

The recommendations are:

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Proposal to Limit Amount Schools Can Raise to Pay for Vouchers Will be Back Soon

WASB has heard that Assembly Amendment 2 to Assembly Bill 751 could be back for a committee vote as early as Monday (Feb. 8).  The bill was scheduled to be voted on Thursday afternoon before it was pulled in response to a deluge of complaints.

Assembly Education Chair, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, when asked by Rep. Sondy Pope whether the bill would be back this session said it would be.  The Assembly is expected to wrap its session before the end of February.

Whether the amendment is brought back in its current form or changed is unclear.  WASB will keep you updated and encourages everyone to keep the pressure on their Assembly representatives.

Urban Education Task Force Holds First Hearing

The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education, chaired by state Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) and vice-chaired by state Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), held its first school tours and public hearing on Tuesday, September 29 in the Madison Metropolitan School District and the State Capitol.

The tour of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) included a visit to Samuel Gompers Elementary School that highlighted the district’s phase one technology plan.  The task force members then stopped by Madison East High School the AVID/TOPS program at the school was showcased. That program is a joint effort between MMSD and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, which offers disadvantaged students tutoring, mentorship and paid summer internships, in addition to eligibility for college scholarships.

The task force then held a public hearing at the Capitol focusing on teacher recruitment and retention with invited testimony from: Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Holds First Hearing

Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)

Two K-12 education-related task forces create by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) are set to hold hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its first meeting in Madison at 1:00 PM in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The focus will be on teacher recruitment and retention in urban school systems.

Invited speakers will include: Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System; and representatives of the Department of Public Instruction, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College.

At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony regarding the focus topics of teacher recruitment, retention and training.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness will hold its second meeting in Wausau at 11:00 AM at Northcentral Technical College. The hearing will take place in Room 1004 – Auditorium, Center for Health Sciences, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. Continue reading Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)

Speaker Vos Creates Bipartisan Task Forces on Urban Education, Youth Workforce Readiness

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has announced the formation of bipartisan task forces two of which are related to K-12 education: the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education; and the Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness.

According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force is to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly. Each task force has an Assembly Republican chair and an Assembly Democratic vice chair. The Speaker has asked the chairs to tap into the knowledge of community experts and those affected in the individual issue areas. The committees will begin this summer with the hope to complete work before the end of session. The task forces will travel around Wisconsin obtaining input and innovative ideas in order to compile recommendations. Continue reading Speaker Vos Creates Bipartisan Task Forces on Urban Education, Youth Workforce Readiness

JFC Budget: Wisconsin Would Be Only State to Allow Teachers Without a Bachelor’s Degree

State Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) released a memo from Legislative Council (the Legislature’s legal services agency) that found no state currently allows someone without a bachelor’s degree to teach in subject areas other than technical education.

The Joint Finance Committee’s K-12 education motion includes a provision added by State Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) that would allow those without a college degree to obtain a state teaching permit  in Wisconsin if a specific public or private school’s governing body determines they are qualified.  Individuals could obtain a teaching license if they have a bachelor’s degree and if a specific public or private school’s governing body determines they are qualified. The license would cover grades six through 12 in subject  areas other than English, social studies, math or science and would last for a 3-year period.  Continue reading JFC Budget: Wisconsin Would Be Only State to Allow Teachers Without a Bachelor’s Degree