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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In a hopeful sign, Gov. Scott Walker says he’s open to modifying his proposed requirement that districts be “Act 10 compliant” in order to receive additional per-pupil aid. That measure would require each school district to certify that its employees “will be required to pay at least 12 percent of all costs and payments associated with employee health care coverage plans in that year” to receive the increases.
The governor (pictured above with WASB president Terry McCloskey, Three Lakes) made those comments flanked by representatives of the WASB and the Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance as well as other school leaders and students at a press conference Monday at Waukesha South High School (see previous post). Continue reading Gov. Walker Open to Changing Proposed Act 10 Compliance Language in Budget
Candidates Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz will meet in a WASB–sponsored State Superintendent Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 15, as part of the WASB Day at the Capitol event.
The forum will take place from about 11:45 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. in the Community Terrace, Level 2 of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, overlooking beautiful Lake Monona.
Both candidates have committed to participate in the lunch-hour forum, in which questions provide in advance will be asked by a moderator. Among the media who will be covering the event are WisconsinEye, Wispolitics.com, the Associated Press and several Madison-area media outlets.
It is not too late to decide to attend the Day at the Capitol event. On-site registration is available. Continue reading WASB State Superintendent Candidate Forum Set for Wednesday
According 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.”
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Evers and Holtz have been invited to participate in a candidate forum at WASB Day at the Capitol on March 15.
State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement Dec. 21 asking for change in state law to minimize the use of state standardized test results in the evaluation of educators.
In the statement Evers says he believes there is too much emphasis on standardized tests and the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, gives states the option to use local data in place of state test results in the Educator Effectiveness System.
State Superintendent Tony Evers today (Nov. 15) submitted his 2017-19 budget request to Governor Walker which delineates the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) top fiscal priorities for schools: fund schools, meet mental health needs, support rural schools, and expand summer learning.
In total, the budget request amounts to a $707 million increase in funding over the biennium, not including legislated automatic increases for vouchers and independent charter schools. Over $500 million of that figure goes toward general school aids to provide property tax relief and to implement the “Fair Funding for Our Future” plan Evers has championed. The remaining roughly $200 million is targeted toward programs that directly impact the needs of students. Continue reading DPI Budget Priorities: Funding, Mental Health, Rural Schools, Summer Learning