The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today (April 28) released a draft for public review of Wisconsin’s Consolidated Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan describes how the state will implement ESSA and will undergo a public comment period through June 30.
To assist the public and lawmakers to understand the plan, a joint informational hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. in room 412 East, State Capitol. At this meeting the DPI will provide a briefing on the draft Wisconsin ESSA State implementation plan. Testimony will be provided by invited speakers only. (View notice.)
Continue reading DPI Releases Draft of Wisconsin ESSA Plan
Yesterday (April 20), the Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill (Assembly Bill 233) that would prohibit the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from submitting the state plan required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education without first responding to any objections submitted to DPI by the Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education.
The bill illustrates one of the tensions in implementing the new federal law. Continue reading Lawmakers Debate Degree of Stakeholder Input Needed on State’s ESSA Accountability Plan
With the new legislative session beginning there are new opportunities to advocate for your school districts and the children you serve. That’s because it’s a chance to renew/develop relationships with your state legislators. We’ve previously shared contact information for the members of the Joint Finance Committee, Senate and Assembly education committees and the school districts represented by each. If you and your school district are represented by a lawmaker on these committees you are especially well-positioned to make an impact.
An easy way to stay in touch with your state lawmakers is to subscribe to their e-update through their websites (Senate & Assembly). There are typically links or buttons on the front page of the websites. Below are a couple examples: Continue reading Advocacy Tip: New Legislative Session Brings New Advocacy Opportunities
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced state Assembly committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Assembly Education Committee. This is his second session as chair of the committee. Below are the other GOP Representatives (minority/Democrat committee membership has not yet been announced) on the committee including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) returns as chair of the Assembly Committee on Education. Rep. Thiesfeldt is a former teacher and administrator in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school. Vice chair of the committee is Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), a veterinarian and former school board member. Rep. Kitchens was president of the Sturgeon Bay School Board for 12 years. Continue reading Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt to Return as Chair of Assembly Education Committee
In an exclusive interview with The Wheeler Report (reprinted here with permission), Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, discusses his approach to chairing the committee as well as vouchers, referenda, the role of the federal government, the future of education and more:
Continue reading Rep. Thiesfeldt, Assembly Education Chair, Discusses K-12 Issues