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Feds release maintenance of equity guidance for ESSER III funds

Feds release maintenance of equity guidance for ESSER III funds

The term “maintenance of effort” has been in the news lately amid concerns that the level of K-12 public school funding approved by the Legislature’s budget writing committee is not sufficient to allow our state to secure approx. $2.3 billion in one-time federal emergency COVID relief funding for K-12 education. 

Another term school leaders are likely to be hearing about is “maintenance of equity.” (more…)

Hearings set for bills on transgender athlete participation in HS sports

A pair of companion bills aimed at barring male-to-female transgender athletes from competing as girls in interscholastic sports are moving forward.  Two separate public hearings have been scheduled for next Wednesday morning (5/26). The Assembly Committee on Education will take public testimony on Assembly Bill 196 at 9:00 a.m. in room 412 East of the State Capitol and the Senate Committee on Human Services, Children & Families will hear on Senate Bill 322 at 11:00 a.m. in room 411 South of the State Capitol.

For years, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has established and enforced policies regulating student participation in high school athletics for school districts around the state. (more…)

May 11 legislative session K-12 recap

May 11 legislative session K-12 recap

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature (Senate & Assembly) were in session Tuesday, May 11 and acted on a number of K-12-related bills.

The Assembly had scheduled override votes of two bills vetoed by the governor–Assembly Bill 23 (vaccine mandates) & Assembly Bill 24 (houses of worship)–but did not vote on either, presumably because they did not have the required votes (2/3 of the chamber). (more…)

Fab Lab grants awarded to 28 school districts

Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced $635,089 in grants for 28 school districts Wednesday (5/5) to help them establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (“fab lab”) facilities.

Fab labs are high-tech workshops equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components like 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters.

The grants will help schools purchase fab lab equipment for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle school, junior high or high school students.

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May 11 legislative session K-12 recap

Start date, equal payment legislation approved by committees

On May 4, the Senate education committee recommended passage of Senate Bill 182, a bill to return local school board control of the school start date beginning in the 2022-23 school year, on a unanimous 7-0 vote. The WASB supports local school boards having sole authority to establish the school calendar and supports repealing existing state statutes restricting the school start date. We thank Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) for authoring this legislation and for advancing it out of committee. (more…)

Assembly education committee to hold info hearing on “School Funding as Related to the Counting of Students”

Assembly education committee to hold info hearing on “School Funding as Related to the Counting of Students”

The state Assembly Committee on Education, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) will hold an informational hearing on Tuesday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. The committee will receive invited testimony only from the Department of Public Instruction and Legislative Fiscal Bureau on the topic of “School Funding as Related to the Counting of Students”.

One of the WASB’s top budget priorities is to secure provisions that mitigate the effects of the drop in student membership counts (which affect both revenue limit calculations and per pupil aid allocations) caused by the pandemic. This was also one of the most-mentioned elements brought forward by school leaders who testified at budget hearings. (more…)