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Education committees to hold joint hearing on reading on March 2

The Senate and Assembly Education committees will hold a joint informational hearing on the subject of reading in Wisconsin schools on Thursday, March 2. Testimony at the hearing will be taken from invited speakers only. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the state Capitol. 

View the notice for Joint Informational hearing here.

In addition, the Assembly Education Committee has issued a notice that it will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 53 following the conclusion of the informational hearing.

View the notice for the public hearing here.


Capitol Chat webinar returns tomorrow at noon

The Government Relations team will begin their state budget-focused webinar series Capitol Chat on Friday, February 24 at noon. These will be shorter weekly webinars every Friday at noon primarily focusing on developments at the Capitol with an opportunity to ask questions. We plan to record these webinars for those who are not able to watch live.
You can access the Capitol Chat webinars on our State Budget Webpage.

Legislative Council releases report of Study Committee on Shared School Services

The Legislature’s Joint Legislative Council has released the final report of a special legislative study committee that spent much of the summer and fall reviewing current barriers to the sharing of administrative or other services between school districts, exploring the statutory creation of incentives to encourage efficiencies, including school district consolidation, and considering methods for sharing services. 

The report of the study committee, comprised of both lawmakers and school officials, includes a number of recommendations for legislation, including recommendations aimed at making the school district consolidation process more feasible for districts that may wish to pursue consolidation due to declining enrollment or financial considerations. (more…)

Gov. Evers Announces K-12 state budget initiatives

Governor Evers today announced details of his budget initiatives for K-12 education including an overall increase of $2.6 billion. That figure includes significant investments in special education aid, increases in revenue limits and general aid, increases in the low revenue ceiling and more. The details are provided below. The governor delivers his budget address tomorrow evening at 7pm (WisEye coverage begins at 6:30pm).  

From the Governor’s office (see full release):

Overall Investment
To ensure kids and educators have the resources they need to be successful, Gov. Evers is providing an overall state investment of over $2.6 billion in general and categorical aids for public schools. Gov. Evers’ historic education budget proposes: (more…)

DPI releases new report on Wisconsin’s teacher supply and demand

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released a new report on teacher supply and demand in Wisconsin, entitled “2021 Educator Preparation Program and Workforce Analysis Report.”


Among the key findings of the report:

  • Teaching areas in which shortages are most acute include, special education (particularly cross categorical), Language Arts (reading), Math, Science, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Art and Music, and English as a Second Language (ESL).