by Chris Kulow | Sep 20, 2019 | State Issue
Recently, the Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. Overall statewide results showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics proficiency.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the reaction from state legislators including Assembly Committee on Education Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Sens. Jon Erpenbach & Chris Larson and more: (more…)
by Chris Kulow | Sep 19, 2019 | State Budget, State Issue
State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her first annual State of Education Address today at the State Capitol in Madison. While she trumpeted Wisconsin schools successes she also expressed concern for persistent gaps and working towards equity in educational achievement, access and opportunity.
She called the funding increases included in the most recent state budget a down-payment for improving student achievement and committed to working with the governor and legislature going forward to improve educational outcomes.
Excerpts of the speech from DPI: (more…)
by Chris Kulow | Sep 12, 2019 | State Issue
The Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. From DPI:
“Overall results in the state showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics. When disaggregated, mathematics performance went up at some grade levels and went up overall for Hispanic students and students learning English across the state. Students at private schools participating in the school choice programs showed small increases in achievement. (more…)
by Chris Kulow | Jul 29, 2019 | Federal Issue, State Issue
From the DPI: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service updated the income eligibility guidelines for meals served at schools and day care programs based on federal poverty levels.
“The income guidelines, updated annually, are effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The guidelines apply to student eligibility for free and reduced‑price school meals offered through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs and milk offered through the Special Milk Program along with reimbursement for meals served in day care centers and family child care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. (more…)
by Chris Kulow | Jul 18, 2019 | State Budget, State Issue
From the Department of Public Instruction:
“The Department of Public Instruction distributed $6.5 million for services to support students’ mental health in 120 public school districts and one independent charter school. The funding comes from the School-Based Mental Health Services Grants Program. (more…)