Last week Congress avoided a possible shutdown of the federal government when it approved and sent to President Trump a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund public education and other federal programs throughout the remainder of federal Fiscal Year 2017, which runs through Sept. 30. The so-called “omnibus” bill (H.R. 244) was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 309-118 and by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 79-18. It was signed into law by President Trump on May 5.
Overall, in the education area, the FY 2017 omnibus bill, makes net cuts of about $1.1 billion, but provides a more than a $1 billion increase compared with comparable 2016 funding levels for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, Impact Aid, and student support programs under Title IV (ESSA). The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. Continue reading President Signs Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Thru Sept. 30
The U.S. Department of Education faces a 13.5 percent cut ($9.2 billion) under the Trump administration federal budget blueprint released today, a plan that also boosts charters and vouchers and calls for certain federal funds targeted to aid the education of low-income students to follow children who move from one public school to another.
The Washington Post reports that the so-called “skinny budget” plan would downsize or eliminate a raft of grant programs, including grants for teacher training and after-school and summer programs, among others. The cuts, among the steepest the agency has ever sustained, would be coupled with a historic investment — $1.4 billion — in charter schools, private schools and other school-choice initiatives. Continue reading Trump Administration Budget Plan Slashes Education Department, Boosts Charters and Vouchers
According to Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal, “John Humphries wants schools that persistently do not meet state standards to be converted into private voucher or charter schools, or a new model of public school or some other governance model.”
He told the State Journal if elected, he would propose to bid out management of low-performing schools on the state report card to any kind of school operator, including to private voucher operators, different public school models or others. Continue reading Candidate for State Supt. Humphries Supports Converting Low Performing Schools; State School Board
As we continue to move towards the fall primary and general elections, we want to again note that this will be an important opportunity to get candidates on record on crucial education issues as we head into the next legislative session and state budget process. Below is a list of fourteen questions developed by the WASB that you can use with legislators and candidates.
You now know who is running for the state legislature in your local Senate and Assembly districts and, thus, have the information you need to set up a candidate forum.
Continue reading July Advocacy Tip: 14 Burning Questions for Legislators and Candidates
Recently, we examined how private school vouchers will impact public school funding in 2016-17. We now look at the increasingly complicated way in which independent charters are funded and how this will impact public school funding in 2016-17.
Continue reading How Will Independent Charter Funding Impact Public Schools in 2016-17?
As required by state statute, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is providing the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid. The Oct. 15 certified aid shows that 44 percent of the state’s public school districts (186 of 424) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2014-15. Continue reading General State Aid Certified to School Districts