Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations
Overall enrollment in Wisconsin’s three main private school voucher programs (Milwaukee, Racine and statewide) increased by about 8.7 percent over last year’s voucher enrollment. Taxpayers will spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, an increase of about $33 million (12.3 percent) over last year. Continue reading Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes
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
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
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
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.
Continue reading 2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up
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: