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Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report

popeA year ago, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces including the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education. According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force was to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly.

The Urban Education Task Force chair, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), released her final report in June. Vice-chair Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb, pictured), on behalf of the task force Democrats, released a minority report which makes the following recommendations:  Continue reading Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report

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:

Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations

Urban Education Task Force Schedules Kenosha/Racine Hearing

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

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