Where Does The Feds’ Withdrawal of Transgender Guidance Leave School Districts?

Federal Enforcement Actions: The joint decision by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to withdraw and rescind past guidance on transgendered students means those departments will not be independently pursuing enforcement actions against schools and/or threatening the loss of federal funds based on a school district’s alleged failure to implement each and every aspect of the former guidelines.

As a practical matter, enforcement of the rescinded guidance has been on hold since last August when a federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement. (See previous post.) The Wisconsin Department of Justice was one of several state departments that joined a federal lawsuit challenging the guidance that resulted in the issuance of that injunction. (See previous post.) Given the latest action from the new Trump administration, that lawsuit is “essentially moot,” according to a state DOJ spokesman. Continue reading Where Does The Feds’ Withdrawal of Transgender Guidance Leave School Districts?

Feds Withdraw and Rescind Policy Guidance on Transgender Students

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn and rescinded written policy and guidance statements related to transgender students that had been issued by the Departments in 2015 and 2016, including the “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” issued last May, in order to “further and more completely consider the legal issues involved.”  The Departments will no longer rely on the views expressed in those documents.

The now-withdrawn statements had taken the position that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IX’s implementing regulations, which expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, require school districts to provide students with access to sex-segregated facilities (such as restrooms and locker rooms) on the basis of gender identity.

Continue reading Feds Withdraw and Rescind Policy Guidance on Transgender Students

Evers, Holtz Advance in Primary for State Superintendent

eversAccording to Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal:

“State Superintendent Tony Evers easily advanced through Tuesday’s primary election and will face former Beloit and Whitnall superintendent Lowell Holtz in the April 4 general election.

“Evers, seeking a third term as state superintendent, garnered about 69 percent of the votes counted as of late Tuesday night, well more than double what his opponents drew combined. Holtz received around 23 percent.

“Third candidate John Humphries, a former Dodgeville School District administrator, drew about 7 percent of the vote and was eliminated.”

Read More: Tony Evers, Lowell Holtz advance in state superintendent race

Evers and Holtz have been invited to participate in a candidate forum at WASB Day at the Capitol on March 15.

Is Governor’s School Funding Plan in Jeopardy? School Leaders Need to Make Their Case

datcWhy should you and your fellow board members come to the WASB’s Day at the Capitol to speak directly with your legislators and their staff?

There are many reasons, but consider this: Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget proposal to boost state aid to schools by $649 million is a long way from the finish line and some key members of his own party have cast doubts on whether it will pass.  Lawmakers need to hear from school leaders. Continue reading Is Governor’s School Funding Plan in Jeopardy? School Leaders Need to Make Their Case

VOTE Feb. 21 for State Superintendent Finalists and School Referenda

VoteAs we have mentioned here before, Tuesday, February 21 is the Spring Primary election. On the ballot will be the primary to determine the two finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as several school referenda.

For voting logistics information (Where do I vote? What’s on my local ballot? How do I register?) go to the My Vote Wisconsin website.

The WASB does not endorse candidates but we encourage you to research where they stand on this issues and vote for your preferred candidate. Below are resources to find more information about the candidates: Continue reading VOTE Feb. 21 for State Superintendent Finalists and School Referenda

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