The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released July 1 aid estimates for public school districts. These are estimates of the general school aids for the 2020-21 school year with the planned increases included in the state budget when it was passed last year. With the full effect to state tax collections from the COVID-19 pandemic still unknown, there is much uncertainty as to whether school districts will ultimately receive what is estimated here. If tax collections take a big enough hit to trigger a budget repair bill, these amounts will likely be significantly impacted. (more…)
We previously posted about the Interim Final Rule the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued detailing exactly how school districts must share CARES Act funding and equitable services with private schools. The controversial rule carries the force of law, took effect immediately and would reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. While the rule took effect immediately, there will be a 30-day comment period. We encourage school leaders to offer comments about the interim final rule.
To help you provide comments, here are talking points from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as well as the link to submit comments online. Please consider submitting comments on the rule. (more…)
July updates from the Office of School Safety (OSS) at the Wisconsin Department of Justice:
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE SCHOOL SAFETY WEBINAR SERIES
The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association, the Howard-Suamico School District and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of School Safety announces the Culturally Responsive School Safety Webinar Series. This series of webinars is designed to provide necessary information when considering how school safety/security practices can be made more culturally responsive. This series will provide evidence-based, best-practices in providing safe learning environments for all students in Wisconsin.
The WASB and other K-12 groups have been working with The Wheeler Report on a series looking at the issues impacting K-12 education in Wisconsin from when schools were closed statewide in response to the health emergency to what lies ahead this fall. The highly respected Wheeler Report covers the Wisconsin Legislature and state politics and is closely followed by legislators and their staff.
The DPI has released newly revised model academic standards in English language arts, personal financial literacy and physical education.
From DPI: “State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor today announced the adoption of three sets of newly revised Wisconsin Academic Standards, which specify what knowledge and skills Wisconsin students should learn by the end of each grade level, or bands of grades. Click the links below for more information and a news release regarding each individual set of standards. (more…)