State Superintendent Tony Evers sent a letter to Attorney General Brad Schimel as well as the co-chairs of the state’s budget committee, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, urging that some of the remaining school safety grant funds be used on the following mental health programs noting that there has been strong demand for the programs from school districts:
Collaborative Community/School Mental Health Grants. These grants support school and community health providers in expanding mental health services to students.
Continue reading State Supt. Evers asks Attorney General Schimel to use remaining school safety grant monies for mental health
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Annysa Johnson:
“Gov. Scott Walker has proposed cutting the office’s now-vacant coordinator position and 15-member advisory council as part of his 2017-’19 budget, a move that would save $132,800 over the biennium.
“Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said the agency would continue to seek and disburse federal grants targeting farm-to-school efforts, and that another program manager will help out in the office. AmeriCorps workers also will continue to work on farm-to-school initiatives in some low-income schools, he said. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Eliminates Farm to School Position/Council
Governor Scott Walker signed three Executive Orders related to the Opioid Abuse Task Force co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren (pictured) which also released its recommendations for fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing Wisconsin and the nation.
One of the Executive Orders requests a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature beginning on January 5, 2017, to consider and act upon several pieces of legislation including a measure brought to the task force by the WASB, relating to opioid antidote (e.g., Narcan) administration in schools.
Continue reading Opioid Abuse Task Force Releases Recommendations; Including WASB-Initiated Measure
State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) will likely introduce legislation next year when the new legislative session begins mandating all public and private schools randomly drug test students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities or park vehicles in the school parking lot. Continue reading State Lawmaker to Propose Random Drug Testing Mandate for Schools
Student mental health will be among the biggest education-related issues heading into the next legislative session and state budget. According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), 20 percent of children experience a significant mental health issue and less than a third of those will receive the services they need.
A group of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporters has compiled a list of 10 potential legislative actions to address mental health issues, including teen suicide and bullying, that are based on a year of reporting in a series titled Kids in Crisis. They may also give an idea on what proposals we could see from legislators next year as evidenced by the reactions from several state lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), to their recommendations. Continue reading School-Based Mental Health Initiatives on the Horizon
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:
Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations
The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its second hearing in Racine and Kenosha on Tuesday, October 13. The focus will be mental health, behavior problems, and truancy.
The task force will start with tours of Racine Case High School and Southport Elementary in Kenosha at 10 AM and 11:30 AM respectively. Members of the media and the general public are welcome to join the Task Force on the tours. Please RSVP to Rep. Rodriguez’s office (608) 266-0610, so an accurate head count can be provided to the districts.
The task force will then convene a public hearing at 2 PM at UW-Parkside Student Center with invited testimony from: Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Schedules Kenosha/Racine Hearing