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Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues

Update: Andy Gronik & Dana Wachs have announced they are ending their campaigns after the release of the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Editor’s Note: The role of the WASB during this election cycle will be to share information with our members relating to positions or statements by candidates relating to K-12 education issues.  The WASB does not endorse candidates for office. The statements in the news articles referenced are those of the candidate(s) and the reporters who wrote the articles and not those of the WASB.

The Democrats running for governor have been discussing a variety of  K-12 issues at candidate forums and in response to media inquiries.  Ten Democrats are currently in the race and the winner of the August 14 primary will face incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker in November. Continue reading Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues

DPI: 84 schools to participate in special ed voucher program

From a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) release:

The DPI has posted a list of the 84 schools that have registered to participate in the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) for the 2018-19 school year. The list includes 56 schools that will be new to the program. The application period begins July 1. Continue reading DPI: 84 schools to participate in special ed voucher program

Federal plan to create “voucher-like” program for military-connected students draws criticism

A controversial proposal before Congress that would redirect federal Impact Aid funding away from public school districts and toward education savings accounts (ESAs) for students in military families is drawing criticism from the very families it is intended to benefit.

H.R. 5199, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, would re-purpose federal Impact Aid funding into a voucher-like program that would create ESAs military families could use to cover various education expenses – including private school tuition and private tutoring.    Continue reading Federal plan to create “voucher-like” program for military-connected students draws criticism

2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session.  Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.

If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart.  Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
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Focus of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Clarified

During last week’s State Education Convention, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, shared information about the Commission’s mission and schedule, including a memo outlining the scope of the Commission’s directive. 

According to the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Scope Statement, the Commission is tasked with evaluating the following items:

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DPI to Release School District and School Report Cards Tomorrow

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is set to publish school and school district report cards tomorrow morning.

We expect DPI’s news release to go out at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, and the public report cards will be available after that, likely by or around 7 a.m.

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Statewide Tab for Private School Vouchers Reaches $270 Million

The costs of Wisconsin’s three voucher programs (Milwaukee, Racine and Statewide) will reach just under $270 million in the current 2017-18 school year, according to figures released today by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), which oversee the state’s voucher programs.

The costs of voucher programs will jump by $25 million this year over the previous (2016-17) school year.

In addition, public school districts across the state will have their state aid reduced by nearly $43 million to pay the costs of voucher students who reside in their districts and who first enrolled in and participated in the Statewide or Racine voucher programs in 2015-16 or later. These students are referred to in state law as “incoming” voucher pupils. Continue reading Statewide Tab for Private School Vouchers Reaches $270 Million