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.)
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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
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state Senate committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As expected, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004. He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003. Below are the other GOP Senators (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 Senate Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
In an exclusive interview with The Wheeler Report (reprinted here with permission), Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, discusses teacher shortage, vouchers, referenda, accountability, the future of education and more:
Continue reading Sen. Olsen, Senate Education Chair, Discusses K-12 Issues
The Senate Education Committee today postponed a vote on Assembly Bill 517, which would impose a statewide mandate on high schools to report certain crime-related incidents to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). State Sen. Luther Olsen, chairman of the committee, announced the vote had been “postponed” in response to concerns from the WASB and others.
The WASB had previously provided a memo to committee members detailing our concerns.
The WASB opposes this bill. The bill, in its present form, places the responsibility for reporting these incidents on school officials rather than law enforcement agencies which have these statistics and provides no additional funding for school districts to cover the additional costs and responsibilities the bill mandates. Continue reading Senate Education Committee Vote Postponed on Crime Reporting Mandate Bill
The Senate Education Committee, chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), will hold a public hearing today (Jan. 21) on two bills dealing with schools collecting and reporting crime-related data:
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Senate Bill 492 Relating to: a student safety incident tracking pilot program for school districts and making an appropriation.
By Senators Lazich, Darling, Gudex and Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representatives Skowronski, Nerison, R. Brooks and Allen.
WASB is neutral on this bill but we prefer the approach of a voluntary pilot program to a statewide mandate. View our testimony here. Continue reading Senate Committee to Hear Bills on Crime Reporting