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School safety updates: Critical incident response teams, consultants and other resources

The following information is from the Office of School Safety (OSS):

Critical Incident Response Teams Are Available to Support Your School

A new free resource is available to all schools if they experience a traumatic event.   When critical incidents or crisis events occur in a school, quick access to effective resources that minimize the traumatic impact on our students and staff is essential.  We have prioritized the need for prompt, efficient, evidence-based crisis interventions to promote recovery after a crisis event through the creation of 12 regionally based critical Incident response teams across Wisconsin. The teams are comprised of multidisciplinary volunteers trained in crisis response and intervention. (more…)

Study looks at ways federal government shortchanges K-12 public education

From EdWeek: “The federal government contributes roughly 8 percent of the $795 billion that annually goes toward educating the nation’s 50 million children. In many cases, however, the federal share falls short of its self-imposed targets, shortchanging schools on everything from high-need students and special education to facilities and school meals.

“This shortfall will persist without more vigorous and reliable federal intervention, argue the authors of a new report on funding sources for K-12 schools.

“Instead of asking school districts to rely on volatile state and local revenue, they say, the federal government needs to dramatically step up its investment in K-12 education and proactively establish funding programs that help schools during economic downturns.” (more…)

Study committee on shared school district services schedules first meeting

The 2022 Legislative Council Study Committee on Shared School District Services has scheduled its first meeting on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 AM. A staff brief background document has also been prepared by the Legislative Counsel.

The study committee is directed to review current barriers to shared administrative or other services between school districts, and explore statutory changes or creation of incentives to encourage efficiencies.


Report: WI continues to fall behind nation in public school investment

From WPR: “A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum found that Wisconsin hasn’t kept pace with national growth in public education spending.

“Wisconsin spent $12,740 per student on public elementary and secondary education in 2020, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s almost 6 percent below the national average and ranks 25th in the nation for 2020. 

“Sara Shaw, senior education policy researcher for the Wisconsin Policy Forum, said Wisconsin only fell one ranking from 2019. But she said the decrease is the continuation of a larger trend over the last two decades. 

“In 2002, Wisconsin had the 11th highest per-pupil spending in the country.” (more…)