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Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin  Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:

Assembly Bill 780Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records.  This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care.  It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing.   AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).  (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

Several Significant K-12 Policy Items Remain in Budget Bill

2017-state-budgetLast week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) co-chairs removed 83 provisions identified as “non-fiscal” policy items from the governor’s budget bill. (See previous post).

However, a number of policy items with a significant impact on school boards and school districts remain in the bill. Here we highlight a few of them: Continue reading Several Significant K-12 Policy Items Remain in Budget Bill

Governor’s Budget Merges Course Options, Youth Options; Restores Part-Time Open Enrollment

2017-state-budgetEffective with the 2017-18 school year, the governor proposes to merge the Course Options and Youth Options programs into a new Early College Credit program governing traditional dual enrollment for college credit. The proposal aims to simplify college credit attainment for high school pupils and school districts and it would statutorily limit per-credit charges and spell out who is responsible for paying those credit costs. The proposal also explicitly allows pupils to take dual enrollment courses during the summer. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Merges Course Options, Youth Options; Restores Part-Time Open Enrollment

New State Budget Requires Prompt School Board Action Regarding Notices to Parents and Guardians

The new 2015-17 state budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) imposes a number of additional notice requirements on school districts. These new requirements include that districts provide parents and guardians with notifications about:

  • the academic standards adopted by the school board for that school year; (this requires prompt action, see note below)
  • a copy of the school’s accountability report (report card) as well as the most recent ranking level assigned to each school within the school district boundaries, including independent “2r” charter schools and private schools participating in a private school choice program;
  • a list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, including public schools, private schools participating in a private school choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time open enrollment, youth options, course options, and options for pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program; and
  • the existence of the special needs voucher program (to be provided to the parents of each child with a disability enrolled in the school district.)

Continue reading New State Budget Requires Prompt School Board Action Regarding Notices to Parents and Guardians