On June 18, the state Assembly met in floor session to act on a number of bills. K-12 education-related bills to expand the minority teacher loan program, include parent/guardian names as directory data under the state’s pupil records law, allow schools to provide prior notice of school safety drills to certain students and require certain information on school report cards were each approved on a voice vote (unanimously). A bill requiring the DPI to create a guidebook on dyslexia and related conditions for use by school districts and parents was approved on a vote of 76-21. These bills now head to the state Senate for consideration. Continue reading Assembly passes a number of K-12 bills
From EdWeek: Several states are considering or enacting policies to forgive loans for teachers who work in rural schools, in an attempt to mitigate a constant teacher shortage in those areas.
Public school teachers in the Milwaukee area are leaving the profession at a higher rate than the state as a whole, and Wisconsin’s teacher preparation programs are not enrolling enough candidates to fill their shoes in the classroom, according to a new report released Monday by the nonprofit Public Policy Forum.
The report suggests several potential reasons for the departures, including pay — from low starting salaries to capped raises — burnout, increasing accountability requirements, promotions and family obligations. Continue reading Teacher Shortage: Milwaukee Area Study Released
On the heels of rural teacher loan forgiveness legislation recently signed in Wisconsin, Congressmen Mark Takano (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) have introduced bipartisan federal legislation to improve teacher recruitment and retention by making loan forgiveness options more accessible to educators. The bill is a response to a national teacher shortage that is making it difficult for school districts to fill open positions. Enrollment in teacher preparation programs dropped by 30 percent between 2010 and 2014. Continue reading Teacher Shortage: Federal Loan Forgiveness Bill Introduced
Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 793 into law this afternoon at Rice Lake Area School District. The WASB worked with Representative Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) to develop this legislation as a way to help rural school districts attract and retain teachers. Continue reading Gov. Walker Signs Rural Teacher Loan Program Bill Into Law
Reports from the Capitol suggest Gov. Walker may be signing Assembly Bill 793 into law within the next week or so. This bill creates a rural teacher loan forgiveness program by modifying the state’s existing teacher loan program to include teachers in rural areas.
The WASB Government Relations team worked with Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) to develop this legislation as a way to help rural school districts to attract and retain teachers. Continue reading More on the Teacher Shortage and the WASB’s Efforts
Hiring effective and dedicated teachers is one of a school board’s most important duties and one that is becoming more and more challenging as teacher shortages are being reported across the country to varying degrees. WASB members are aware of these challenges and have been for some time. In 2015, the WASB Delegate Assembly passed three resolutions specifically relating to teacher shortages.
One resolution called for the WASB to “support state and federal initiatives to assist rural school districts in their efforts to attract and retain high quality staff, including student loan forgiveness programs and grants for teachers who commit to work in rural school districts for at least a minimum number of years as determined by the legislature”.
To implement this resolution, the WASB Government Relations team worked with Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Chetek, pictured) to outline a number of options to help rural school districts to attract and retain teachers. Those discussion gave rise to Assembly Bill 793 which would create a rural teacher loan forgiveness program. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly and currently awaits the governor’s signature. Already, some lawmakers are hopeful the program can be expanded in the next state budget.