The following items related to teacher and administrator licensure were included in the GOP K-12 education package adopted by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) :
Eliminate Expiration Dates for Teaching and Administrator Licenses–Provisional three-year licenses would be provided for new educators, administrators, and pupil service professionals, with a lifetime license granted after the completion of six semesters of successful experience, as certified by the school board(s) where the person worked. Continue reading JFC Budget Includes Major Changes to Teacher/Administrator Licensure
The 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference gave WASB members the opportunity to hear from experts on major public education issues headed into the next state budget and provided attendees with crucial information on the legislative process going into next session.
Presentation materials are available at the Event Recap page on WASB.org (note: this page is password protected. all WASB members have credentials for our website. if you don’t know your login info contact WASB at 608 257-2622 or your district’s administrative assistant.) Continue reading 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference Recap
With the state’s finances once again looking tight, what will the 2017-19 state budget bring for public schools? How will the 2016 election shape our state and federal government? What does polling tell us about how voter attitudes produced the results seen on November 8 and what do those attitudes portend for the future? How severe is Wisconsin‘s teacher shortage and what steps does the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) plan to take to address the supply and demand for educators?
We will examine all of these questions and more with special guest experts (see past the break) at the WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference. Click here to Register. Continue reading Register Today for the 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference
The U.S. Department of Education (USED) this week issued a long-awaited set of federal regulations governing teacher-preparation programs, the programs that prepare new K-12 teachers. The USED labelled the effort part of a broader push to improve teacher quality and readiness.
According to the Washington Post, the rules “require each state to issue annual ratings for teacher-prep programs” in an effort to provide “a snapshot of how novice educators perform after graduation, offering prospective teachers and school district recruiters a more accurate picture of which programs are successful at producing strong educators and which are not.” The new requirements apply to both traditional programs based at colleges and universities and alternative-certification routes, such as Teach for America. Continue reading USED Releases Teacher Prep Program Regulations
When they go to the polls on Nov. 8, voters in 21 school districts will see at least one operating referendum to exceed revenue limits on their ballot. Voters in four districts–Fort Atkinson, McFarland, Monroe, and Turtle Lake—will see two operating referendum questions.
Already this year, voters have approved 37 of 46 (80%) of the operating referendum questions put before them in districts across the state. This includes 27 of 33 non-recurring questions (82%) and 10 of 13 recurring questions (77%). If voters in just 12 districts approve their ballot questions, it will set a new record for the number of districts passing referendums to exceed the revenue limits in one year. The current record (47 districts) was set in 2014. Continue reading 25 Operating Referendums on Nov. 8 Ballot
The recently released report, “A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.” details that teacher shortages are widespread throughout the United States and are having an impact on educational outcomes.
The report details four main factors driving the shortage: decline in teacher prep program enrollments, school district efforts to return to pre-recession pupil-teacher ratios, increasing student enrollment and higher teacher attrition. Continue reading National Teacher Shortage Report: Wisconsin is Middle of the Pack
A new DPI emergency rule promulgated this week makes numerous changes to (PI 34) rules governing the licensure of school personnel, and aims to provide additional flexibility to individuals seeking a license for the 2016-17 school year.
The rule makes the following five specific changes: Continue reading New DPI Emergency Rules Aim to Ease School Staffing/Teacher Shortage Issues