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
Forty out of 65 referendum questions on Tuesday’s spring general election ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 62%. This is down from the 82% overall approval rate of last November and the 77% seen in April, 2016.
This time, 29 questions were for debt issuance with 16 (55%) passing. Of the 36 questions in which voters were asked to allow the district to exceed the revenue limit, 24 asked to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis with 18 (75%) passing. Six of the 12 questions (50%) asking to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis were approved. Continue reading Support for School Referenda Down Statewide But Still Above Historical Average
On Monday morning (April 3), the School Administrators Alliance is hosting an event at the Concourse Hotel in Madison entitled, “What Wisconsin Can Learn About Education Innovations From the World’s Top Performing Countries.”
This gathering will explore a bipartisan report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), entitled “No Time to Lose,” which carefully examined the education policies and practices of high-performing countries with an eye toward learning what it might take to build a world-class education system state by state here in the U.S. Continue reading What Can Top-Performing Education Systems in Other Countries Teach Us About Improving Education in WI?
Ahead of today’s agency briefing on the DPI budget, the WASB sent a memo to Joint Finance Committee (JFC) members outlining our concerns about a provision in the governor’s proposed budget that requires each school district to certify that it is using the “tools” provided under Act 10 in order to receive the proposed increases of $200 and $204 in per pupil categorical aid under the budget bill.
Specifically, this provision requires each school district to certify to the DPI that “the employees of the district will be required to pay at least 12 percent of all costs and payments associated with employee health care coverage plans in that year” in order to receive the increased per pupil aid. Continue reading WASB Asks JFC to Remove Requirement to Certify “Act 10 Compliance” from Budget
As the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began hearing briefings from various state agencies concerning their budget requests, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel used a portion of his testimony to highlight investments in K-12 education Gov. Walker is proposing. Here is what Sec. Neitzel told committee members earlier today:
Continue reading DOA Secretary Neitzel’s Testimony to JFC Touts Investments in K-12 Education in Gov’s Proposed Budget