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OSS updates: new webinar opportunities, 2020-21 Act 143 submissions

OSS updates: new webinar opportunities, 2020-21 Act 143 submissions

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.

Click here for more information and to register. (more…)

The Wheeler Report publishes “Part 4-School Services” in series on K-12 education during COVID-19

The Wheeler Report publishes “Part 4-School Services” in series on K-12 education during COVID-19

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.

K-12 EDUCATION AND COVID-19 – PART IV – SCHOOL SERVICES

The first three parts of the series have been posted on The Wheeler Report blog and are linked below: (more…)

DPI releases newly revised academic standards for ELA, financial literacy and PE

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…)

USED rule formalizes DeVos’ stance on routing more vital CARES Act funding to private schools

USED rule formalizes DeVos’ stance on routing more vital CARES Act funding to private schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued an Interim Final Rule yesterday (June 25) detailing exactly how school districts must share CARES Act funding and equitable services with private schools.  

The controversial rule carries the force of law and took effect immediately.  It signals that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doubling down on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students.  The rule is also likely to sew confusion and slow the flow of CARES act funding to public schools as states and districts figure out how to respond.

While the interim final rule took effect immediately, there will be a 30-day comment period.  We encourage school leaders to offer comments about the interim final rule. We will provide additional information on how to submit comments as it becomes available. (more…)

WASB members and other school leaders testify at return to school hearing

Yesterday, the Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held an informational hearing to take invited testimony from school leaders on returning to in-person instruction this fall. The WASB thanks School Board Presidents Steve Elliott (Albany) and Barbara Herzog (Oshkosh Area) for taking the time to testify as well as the myriad of other school leaders who did the same. The testimony was compelling and certainly gave lawmakers a picture of the challenges and decision-making that will go into what school looks like this fall.

Some of the themes that were heard throughout the hearing:

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The Wheeler Report publishes “Part 4-School Services” in series on K-12 education during COVID-19

The Wheeler Report publishes “Part 3-Special Education” in series on K-12 education during COVID-19

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.

K-12 EDUCATION AND COVID-19 – PART III – SPECIAL EDUCATION (more…)