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DPI releases July 1 aid estimates

From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

“Estimated general school aids for 2019-20 total $4.740 billion for the state, representing a $83.2 million (1.8 percent) increase over last year. Due to changes in the aid deduction from Milwaukee Public Schools for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the estimated increase in aid payments to districts is $83.7 million. Of the state’s 421 school districts, 59 percent (248) are estimated to receive more general aid in 2019-20, while 40 percent of districts (168) are estimated to receive less; five districts will have no change in the aid between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years. (more…)

WI Supreme Court rules state superintendent must seek governor’s approval in rule-making

Three years after ruling otherwise, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has reversed course and ruled that the state superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction must submit proposed administrative rules to the governor for approval as is required of all other state agencies.

Today’s 4-2 ruling overturned a 2016 decision that the state superintendent was exempt from the requirements.  In this decision, the majority ruled that while the constitution provides the state superintendent the authority to supervise public education, the Legislature grants the authority to promulgate rules and, thus, the Legislature can set limits on that authority. (more…)

WASB Budget Chart Now Online

The WASB State Budget Chart is now posted online.  The chart provides item-by-item details on the major provisions of the proposed 2019-21 state budget bill affecting preK-12 public education.

At this point, the chart  describes the key budget proposals recommended by the governor and how they align with or differ from what was requested by the Department of Public Instruction.

The chart also indicates the WASB’s position on each budget provision.  Those positions are based on the applicable WASB Resolutions Adopted by WASB Delegate Assemblies. (more…)

Assembly Education Committee to hold informational hearing

The Assembly Education Committee will hold an informational public hearing tomorrow morning (Feb. 21) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.  The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), pictured at left.

Committee members will receive an informational briefing/update on K-12 education from representatives of the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Testimony will be from invited speakers only.

View public hearing notice.