As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018. One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.
What will be the top posts of 2019? Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!
Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018
The package of legislation passed early the morning of Dec 5 in extraordinary session by the Wisconsin Legislature contains the language that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.
WASB and others asked lawmakers to remove that language based on our view that those funds are arguably constitutionally required to be deposited into the common school fund established by Wisconsin’s original state constitution. Read more on our position here. WASB is asking Governor Scott Walker to veto the bill that contained these provisions. See our veto letter here.
The WASB sent a memo to the Joint Finance Committee in advance of their public hearing on extraordinary session legislation on Dec. 3. The WASB has strong concerns about provisions that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) must deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.
These concerns are based on the recognition that these provisions would formalize a process which, in our view, may violate Article X, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution. That section requires that: Continue reading WASB weighs in on extraordinary session legislation relating to settlement proceeds and the common school fund
From the Office of School Safety:
“The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released today Exercise Starter Kits for the K-12 community focused on an active shooter incident as part of the Campus Resilience (CR) Program. The Exercise Starter kits were developed in support of Department’s school safety efforts, including its work with the Federal Commission on School Safety.
Continue reading Active shooter exercise kits available
From a DOJ release:
Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced 66 schools and school districts will receive $3,969,793 from the second round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, which focuses on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.
A list of schools and school districts that were awarded round two school safety grants through September 19, 2018, is set forth below. Continue reading AG Schimel announces $4 million in round 2 school safety grant awards
From the Office of School Safety at DOJ:
Due to confusion about the due date, and recognizing that many of our schools are in a state of emergency due to flooding, DOJ has extended the application deadline to 11:59pm on Friday, August 31.
SRO Training Opportunities
Please see below for upcoming training opportunities for School Resource Officers. Continue reading DOJ: Round 2 grant deadline extended to Friday, August 31; SRO training info
Last week, mental health advocacy groups sent a letter to the Office of School Safety raising concerns about the adolescent mental health training that is required if a district receives a second round school safety grant.
The following day, the Office of School Safety responded to those concerns via an e-mailed letter.
If your district has concerns about the second round of school safety grants, including what is required of districts under those grants or the application process, please let us know so we can better represent you.
As a reminder, those applications must be submitted by tomorrow, August 30.
Earlier today, the Office of School Safety also issued the following clarifications about the training required under the round two grants: Continue reading DOJ responds to criticisms of school safety grant round two required mental health training