The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session. However, before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate. Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.
Bills the WASB Supports: Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20
Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools created through a businesslike contract or “charter” between the charter governance board and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority. The charter defines the missions and methods of the charter school. The chartering authority holds the school accountable to its charter.
Throughout the history of charter schools in Wisconsin it has been local school boards which have authorized or sponsored the vast bulk of charter schools in Wisconsin and to which charter schools are accountable. That could be about to change in a big way. Continue reading JFC Budget Would Broadly Expand Independent Charter Schools’ Reach
For the first time, the University of Wisconsin (UW) System has issued what it calls a Legislated Remedial Course Report on incoming freshman students at UW campuses who graduated from Wisconsin high schools and who, although admitted, must take remedial classes in English or math to make up for deficiencies.
This report on required remediation is in response to legislation passed during the last session (2015 Wisconsin Act 28) directing the UW System to annually identify the high schools in the state with more than 6 students who, based on their performance on placement tests in the preceding 12 months, are required to take remedial courses in English or mathematics. Continue reading UW System Issues Remediation Report
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
As we reported earlier, last Friday night, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee dramatically expanded the authority to open independent ”2r” charter schools across the state. At the same time it weakened local control and oversight of schools by locally elected school boards. This major education policy change was inserted into the state budget without a single public hearing or opportunity for public input.
The Joint Finance Committee’s party-line vote would hand over power to authorize independent “2r” charter schools to a whole new range of individuals and groups — including a new unelected employee of the University of Wisconsin System President, an unelected technical college board, two other colleges, and the Waukesha County Executive — that will impact local school funding and property taxes.
According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the authority for expanded independent “2R” charter schools could potentially impact as many as 177 public school districts. (See the list of affected school districts attached to DPI news release.)
Continue reading Independent Charter Expansion Could Potentially Impact 177 School Districts