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OSS: $50 million in federal school safety grants available; upcoming training

From the Office of School Safety (OSS):

The United States Department of Justice has announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has $50,000,000 in grant funding available for programs that keep students safe. The STOP School Violence Prevention Program provides funding to improve school security through evidence-based school safety programs.

Please note that this is a federal grant program and is not administered by any Wisconsin state government agency. For more information on COPS Office funding, please visit (more…)


President advocates for school choice tax break in State of the Union

From EdWeek:

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union Address Tuesday to urge Congress to greenlight a plan that would provide federal tax credits for scholarships to private schools and other education services, offering the largest stage yet for one of his administration’s key education priorities.

“The next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” Trump said.  “Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools.” (more…)


New calendar year 2020 signals time for U.S. Census to begin

The start of a new decade means it is once again time for the U.S. Census. This once-every-ten-year national population count is important to schools and communities because the results will be used to allocate future state and federal funding (see previous post) and to redraw new election districts for local, state and national races and new wards for cities, villages and towns.

The goal of the Census Bureau’s 2020 Census is to make sure every person in the U.S. and Wisconsin is counted.

Preparations for the 2020 count are beginning to ramp up. The Census Bureau is currently hiring thousands of people to help it conduct the census.  The State of Wisconsin has an official WICount 2020 Census website designed to inform state residents about the Census and how it operates.



More details on what’s in the federal budget deal for K-12 education

In addition to the increases in funding for Title I and IDEA programs we addressed in our previous post, the federal budget deal provides additional funding for many other K-12 education programs.

According to the information released by the House Committee on Appropriations, the federal 2020 fiscal year appropriations bill includes the following increases:



Congress, White House reach federal budget deal

Lawmakers and the White House appear set to wrap up appropriations bills for federal fiscal year 2020 and avoid a government shutdown.  A deal reached earlier this week to pass actual appropriations bills avoids having to rely on Continuing Resolutions to keep the federal government operating and allows substantive changes in budget levels and programs.

Action on the federal budget deal will be split between two bills, one (H.R. 1158) focused primarily on national defense and national security-related programs and a second bill (H.R. 1865) focused on domestic programs, including education. The House is planning to take up the two spending bills first followed by the Senate. The President is expected to sign the legislation following full passage.



U.S. Senator Ron Johnson introduces federal school safety legislation

United States Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation (S. 2779) to create a Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices to help schools and their faculty, parents, and community officials identify school safety measures and resources for implementing them.

More on the bill provisions from Sen. Johnson’s office: (more…)