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DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

The Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. From DPI:

“Overall results in the state showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics. When disaggregated, mathematics performance went up at some grade levels and went up overall for Hispanic students and students learning English across the state. Students at private schools participating in the school choice programs showed small increases in achievement. Continue reading DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

School safety guidelines and resources released

From WisDOJ: “Attorney General Josh Kaul announced today the release of the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol and Wisconsin Comprehensive School Security Framework, providing educators and partners a comprehensive set of policies that support school safety efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) is also this week hosting a free school threat assessment conference for educators, behavioral health professionals and law enforcement.

WASB Note: Schools are NOT mandated to implement the policies laid out in the documents. They are being made available as resources and best practices that school officials can consider. Continue reading School safety guidelines and resources released

Trump administration rescinds Obama-era guidance on diversity

From Politico:

…the Education and Justice departments also scrapped Obama-era documents encouraging public schools to boost diversity through school zoning or admissions into competitive schools or programs, among other approaches. Now, some are worried school districts will invite scrutiny from federal officials if they pursue such paths. Continue reading Trump administration rescinds Obama-era guidance on diversity

President Trump proposes combining U.S. Departments of Education, Labor

As reported by Education Week’s Politics K-12 Blog, President Donald Trump wants to merge the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency focused on workforce readiness and career development. The plan, part of a broader effort to overhaul the federal government, was announced during a cabinet meeting today (June 21).  It would require congressional approval.

A summary of the proposal contained in a White House outline of the federal overhaul plan indicates the combined agency would be renamed the Department of Education and the Workforce, “charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.”   Continue reading President Trump proposes combining U.S. Departments of Education, Labor

Plan to convert federal Impact Aid into ESAs for military families appears halted

Proposals introduced during recent House and Senate deliberations on the pending National Defense Authorization Act would have redirected more than $400 million from the Impact Aid program to education savings accounts (ESAs) for private school tuition.  (See previous post.)  For the time being, those proposals will not advance.

The federal Impact Aid program provides funding to school districts with non-taxable federal properties within their jurisdictions. These properties include military installations and Native American tribal lands. (According to the DPI, 22 Wisconsin school districts received a total of more than $16 million in Impact Aid in 2016-17.) Continue reading Plan to convert federal Impact Aid into ESAs for military families appears halted

New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers

The new federal 2018 fiscal year spending law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump increases spending at the U.S. Department of Education by $2.6 billion over previously enacted levels, up to $70.9 billion.

The two biggest federal K-12 education spending programs will see significant increases–Title I funding, which funds programs to improve the education of disadvantaged students, is increased by $300 million to $15.8 billion, and IDEA grants for special education rise by $299 million to $13.1 billion. Continue reading New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers

New federal spending law boosts resources for school safety

Early this morning (Friday, March 23) Congress gave final approval to a sweeping $1.3 trillion federal spending bill that funds the federal government for the remainder of the 2018 budget year, which ends on Sept. 30.  President Trump signed the measure into law today.

Spending aimed at increasing school safety gets a big boost under this new federal spending law.

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