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
One of the funding reforms State Supt. Tony Evers has advanced in the DPI’s 2017-19 budget request to the governor would “weight” the per-pupil categorical aid to account for students in poverty, students learning English, and students in foster care. Each student in one of these categories would be counted as 1.2 students and would thus capture additional funding for their school districts.
This is a new proposal that has not been a part of previous “Fair Funding” plans.
Weighting pupils in this manner will result in districts receiving additional funding for each pupil in these categories. Furthermore, each weight in this calculation would be additive.
The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.
The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB. Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review
A new study commissioned by the Association for Equity in Funding (AEF) finds disparities in school funding among school districts with vastly different student demographics have negative effects on student outcome measures such as scores on school and district report cards.
The study, unveiled today Sept. 14 at a state Capitol press conference, is a follow-up to an earlier study that developed a “Funding Disparity Ranking” of Wisconsin public schools that allows an “apples-to-apples” comparison of school district funding and spending capacity. The new study sought to answer the question of whether Wisconsin’s school funding system and resulting disparity between districts (as measured by the “Funding Disparity Rank”) has a direct impact on student performance and outcomes. Continue reading New AEF Study: School Funding Disparity Harms Student Outcomes & Opportunities