As we await the release of a proposal on school safety from Governor Walker and legislative leaders, there is disagreement between the Senate and Assembly GOP majorities on how to take up school safety legislation. The gist of it is this: if the school safety legislation is taken up in a special session, that is the only legislation that can be debated. If it is taken up as a part of the ongoing regular session, any other bills that are still alive can also be taken up at the same time. Continue reading Update on legislative action on school safety
Activity in the State Capitol around the issue of improving school safety intensified this week. The WASB has been meeting with the governor’s office as well as legislative leadership offices regarding how to best address the issue.
Based on our member-approved resolutions and informed by an effort from 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the WASB has asked for resources to be provided with as much local flexibility as possible on how they can be used in recognition of the differences between the 422 school districts in Wisconsin. There must be the ability for school districts to utilize school safety-related resources in ways that make the most sense based on local circumstances (facilities, local law enforcement presence, etc.) and identified needs. Continue reading Legislative session to address school safety appears increasingly likely
Perhaps overshadowed by all the focus this week on the 2017-19 state budget was the submission by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) of Wisconsin’s Consolidated State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As required by federal law, Wisconsin submitted its plan to the U.S. Department of Education on the deadline date of last Monday (Sept. 18).
State Superintendent Tony Evers delivered his annual State of Education address Sept. 21 in the State Capitol in Madison.
Quoting extensively from U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt in a speech with more political overtones than usual, Evers suggested the comments in a famous address by our nation’s 26th President provide advice for today’s Wisconsinites in the areas of improving school finance, fostering healthy students and connecting communities. Continue reading Evers Sharpens Rhetoric in Annual State of Education Address
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today (April 28) released a draft for public review of Wisconsin’s Consolidated Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan describes how the state will implement ESSA and will undergo a public comment period through June 30.
To assist the public and lawmakers to understand the plan, a joint informational hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. in room 412 East, State Capitol. At this meeting the DPI will provide a briefing on the draft Wisconsin ESSA State implementation plan. Testimony will be provided by invited speakers only. (View notice.)
In a hopeful sign, Gov. Scott Walker says he’s open to modifying his proposed requirement that districts be “Act 10 compliant” in order to receive additional per-pupil aid. That measure would require each school district to certify that its employees “will be required to pay at least 12 percent of all costs and payments associated with employee health care coverage plans in that year” to receive the increases.
The governor (pictured above with WASB president Terry McCloskey, Three Lakes) made those comments flanked by representatives of the WASB and the Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance as well as other school leaders and students at a press conference Monday at Waukesha South High School (see previous post). Continue reading Gov. Walker Open to Changing Proposed Act 10 Compliance Language in Budget
Candidates Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz will meet in a WASB–sponsored State Superintendent Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 15, as part of the WASB Day at the Capitol event.
The forum will take place from about 11:45 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. in the Community Terrace, Level 2 of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, overlooking beautiful Lake Monona.
Both candidates have committed to participate in the lunch-hour forum, in which questions provide in advance will be asked by a moderator. Among the media who will be covering the event are WisconsinEye, Wispolitics.com, the Associated Press and several Madison-area media outlets.
It is not too late to decide to attend the Day at the Capitol event. On-site registration is available. Continue reading WASB State Superintendent Candidate Forum Set for Wednesday