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2014-15 (July 2014-June 2015)
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Date Issue Content
11-14-14 18
  • Department of Public Instruction Releases Budget Request
  • Legislative Reaction to DPI Budget Request
  • Speaker Vos Calls for Expanding Open Enrollment to Private Schools
  • Wisconsin Schools' Broadband Costs often High for Slow Service
  • State Sen. Paul Farrow Will Run for Waukesha County Exec.
11-7-14 17
  • Gov. Walker Leads State GOP to Election Sweep
  • Referendum Results Continue Positive Trend
  • Speaker Vos, Rep. Nygren Meet with Media
  • Wisconsin Voters Say “Yes” on Transportation Fund Amendment
  • LFB Memo Details 2013-14 State Support Levels for K-12 Schools
  • Fitzgerald Says Voucher Program Could Grow
10-31-14 16
  • Walker Pulls Ahead of Burke in Final MU Poll
  • 53 School Referenda on Tuesday’s Ballot Statewide
  • Support Grows For Pull Back on Standardized Tests
  • Civil Rights Groups, Education Coalitions Separately Call For Revamping Test-Based K-12 Accountability System
10-24-14 15
  • Legislative Advocacy Conference
  • Most Voucher Students Came From Private Schools
  • State Assembly GOP Releases 2015 Agenda
10-17-14 14
  • General State Aid Certified to School Districts
  • Walker and Burke Tied Among Likely Voters
  • Rural Schools’ Struggles Continue to Draw Attention
  • Wisconsin Paid Millions to Failed Voucher Schools
10-10-14 13
  • Walker, Burke Answer Questions Before Election
  • First of Two Gubernatorial Debates is Tonight (Friday, Oct. 10)
  • Wis. Taxpayers Alliance Publication Sheds Light on School District Fund Balances
  • State AP and SAT Results Strong
  • Eight Wisconsin Public Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards
10-3-14 12
  • Governor Walker Leads Mary Burke in Latest Poll
  • Retiring Rep. Kestell Cautions Colleagues on Statewide Vouchers
  • Pro-Voucher Study Contends Vouchers Benefit Public Schools
  • DPI Partnering with CESAs to Gather Needed Broadband Data from Schools
9-26-14 11
  • Evers Delivers State of Education Address
  • Task Force on Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Releases Report
  • Mary Burke: Public School Can’t Afford Voucher Expansion
  • Record Number of Homeless Children Enrolled in Public Schools
9-19-14 10
  • Latest MU Poll: Governor, Attorney General Contests too Close to Call
  • Latest Report Cards Show Most Schools and Districts Meet or Exceed Expectations
  • Governor Walker Releases Plan for Next Four Years
9-12-14 9
  • Reminder: Deadline to Submit Board Resolutions for WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee
    Review is Sept. 15th
  • State Budget Shortfall Continues to Make Headlines
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases State Educational Effectiveness Report Cards
  • Growth Rate of Health Insurance Costs Slows
9-5-14 8
  • Education Issues Move to Forefront in the Race for Governor
  • New Teacher Evaluation System and Standardized Tests Debut This School Year
  • Deadline to Submit Board Resolutions for WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee Review is Sept. 15th
  • Massachusetts Ed Reform Success Provides Food for Thought
8-29-14 7
  • State Tax Collections Down $281 Million From Earlier Projections
  • Latest Marquette Law School (MLS) Poll: Gov’s Race Remains Tight
  • Another MLS Poll Finding: Public Awareness of Common Core Rising in State
  • Gov. Walker: State Budget Impact Could be Many Millions if Kenosha Casino is Approved Without Changes to Existing Gaming Compacts 
  • Pediatricians Recommend Delaying Start Times of Middle and High Schools to Combat Teen Sleep Deprivation
  • Update on August Primary Results
  • Candidates for Governor Agree to Two October Debates
  • Deadline to Submit Board Resolutions for WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee Review is Sept. 15th
8-22-14 6
  • Wisconsin’s ACT Test Scores Remain Among Tops in U.S.
  • Chris Kulow Joins WASB Government Relations Team
  • Deadline to Submit Board Resolutions for WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee Review is Sept. 15
  • Annual PDK/Gallup Poll Results Released
  • Public Support for Vouchers or Common Core May Depend on How You Ask the Question
  • Recounts Possible in Three Primary Contests
  • 55 Sites Awarded Community Learning Centers Grants
  • Referendum Deadline Approaching
8-15-14 5
  • Voters Support Most School Referendum Questions on Ballot
  • August Primary Results Are In, Most November Contests Are Set, Although Several Recounts Likely
  • A Closer Look at the Legislative Landscape - What’s At Stake in the November Election?
  • A Recap of Hotly Contested Senate Primary Races
  • Several State Assembly Primary Races Are Close, Too
  • Some Assembly Races Are All But Decided Following Primary
  • WASB, Other Public Education Groups Plan Push for More Technology Funding For Schools
  • Federal E-Rate Changes Could Provide Boost for Digital Learning
8-8-14 4
  • Special Study Panel Eyes Changes in Technical College Funding, Governance
  • Can Lawmakers Repeal the Common Core?
  • Primary Elections Set for Tuesday
  • 51 State Charter Schools Receive Grants
  • Attorney General Van Hollen to Host Public Records and Open Meetings Seminars
  • Legislature’s Website Gets A Redesign
7-25-14 3
  • WASB Resolution Book Now Online, Hard Copies to Be Mailed Soon
  • Common Core Debate Lively in Wake of Governor’s Statement
  • Special Study Committee Eyes Possible Changes to SAGE Program
  • Report Finds Well-Being Of Children In Wisconsin Has Improved, Though More Are Living In Poverty
  • U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education
7-18-14 2
  • Governor Walker Calls for Repeal of Common Core State Standards
  • Common-Core–Aligned Assessments:  Next Flashpoint in Debate Over Academic Standards?
  • Citing Worries, Cedarburg School Board Calls for Delay in Implementing
    Common Core-Aligned State Assessments
  • Walker and Burke Outline Differing Viewpoints on Vouchers
  • FCC Votes to Boost E-Rate Funding for Wi-Fi Connections in Schools
7-11-14 1
  • DPI Releases General Aid Estimates for 2014-15 School Year
  • Wis. School Funding Continues to Trend Upward, Yet Remains Below Pre-Recession Levels
  • Projected Aid Changes Vary Widely By District
  • Attorney General: DPI Should Determine How Much Districts Pay for Students Taking UW ‘Course Options’ Classes
  • New DPI Emergency Rules Defining ‘Ineligible’ Fund 80 Expenditures Now In Effect
  • Schools Given More Time to Weigh Expanding Free Meals to All Students
  • US Dept. of Education Launches New Initiative to Ensure Poor and Minority Students Have Higher Quality Teachers
  • Officials: Wisconsin's Tax Revenues Lagging Behind Expectations
  • DOA: Despite Lagging Revenues, State is ‘On-Track to Finish Biennium With Balanced Budget’
  • State’s Medicaid Fund Also Faces Shortfall
2013-14 (July 2013-June 2014)
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Date Issue Content
6/27/14 48
  • 'Major Shift' Promised In Federal Oversight Of Special Education Programs
  • Study: Wisconsin Second Only to Alabama in Cuts to K-12 Funding Since 2008
  • Legislative Races: Fewer Ballot Choices for Voters
  • DPI Distributes $5 Million in High-Cost Transportation Aid
  • Pediatricians to Parents: Read Aloud Every Day to Children in Infancy to Improve Development
  • Most Important Summer Activity for Kids Is Not Reading, Many Parents Say
  • Fed Study: College Still a Good Choice
  • Seven State Students Graduate with Wisconsin Global Scholar Certificates
6/20/14 47
  • Request from DPI to Voucher Schools Sparks GOP Criticism
  • Report Raps State Teacher Training Programs
  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wisconsin Case on Whether a Public School Can Hold Its Graduation Ceremonies in a Church
  • More School Board Members Seek Legislative Office
  • Common Core Has Sparked A Flurry of Legislation Across Nation
  • DPI Guidance Available on Summer School Changes Made by Act 257
6/13/14 46
  • GAB Certifies State Candidates for the Ballot in Legislative and Statewide Races
  • Several School Board Members Running for Legislative Seats
  • New Report Shows On-Time High School Graduation Rates Higher Than Ever
  • A Tough Week for the Common Core
  • Gates Foundation Calls for Moratorium on High-Stakes Decisions Tied to Common Core Tests
  • California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional
6/6/14 45
  • Wisconsin School Report Cards Earn High Marks
  • Despite High Marks, Lawmakers Explore Changes to School Report Cards, Sanctions for Low-Performing Schools
  • Percentage of Charter Schools Among Wisconsin Public Schools Is Double National Average
  • Governor, State Supt. Announce Read to Lead Development Grants
  • Colorado High Court to Hear Case Challenging Colorado School Board’s Creation of a Local Voucher Program
5-30-14 44
  • Student Poverty Edges Up… Again, 43.3 Percent of State Students Are FRL Eligible
  • Needed: $3.2 Billion to Provide High-Speed Wireless Internet Connections Within Schools Plus $1.6 Billion a Year to Maintain Them
  • Legislative Council Study Committee Members Announced
  • House Panel Votes to Allow Waivers on School Meals Regulations--Relief for School Nutrition Programs or Political Food Fight?
  • Study Links Increased School Spending to Better Outcomes for Low-Income Students
  • Wisconsin Schools Receive Financial Literacy Grants
  • As States’ Assessment Choices Diverge, Ambitious Plan to Gauge Student Mastery Via Common Tests Is Becoming Fragmented
  • More Details on Those States Opting For Their Own Path On Assessments
5-23-14 43
  • 75 Percent of Applications for Statewide Voucher Program Are From Private School Students
  • UW Offers Proposal to Fund Dual Enrollment Courses for One Year; Plan May Resolve Schools' Issues with Course Options Program
  • Latest Marquette Poll: Governor’s Race Likely to Be a Tight One
  • In-Depth Study Sheds Light on Reasons Students Leave School Without Earning a Diploma
  • Survey: A Quarter of Wisconsin Parents Have No Savings
  • Things to Watch For...
5-16-14 42
  • 12th-grade Math, Reading Scores Stagnant on 2013 NAEP 'Report Card'
  • Nationally, Fewer Than 40 Percent of Seniors Are Prepared for College, NAEP Analysis Finds
  • F.C.C. Opens ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules for Debate
  • U.S. Senate Education Panel OKs Preschool Expansion on Partisan Vote
  • Things to Watch For...
5-9-14 41
  • Assembly Rural Schools Task Force Report Released
  • Graduation Rates in Wisconsin High Schools Keep Climbing Upward
  • Assembly Speaker Vos: 'The next time around, that (voucher) cap will be gone.'
  • Taxpayers Alliance Projects State Working-age Population will Decline Between 2010 and 2040 as Number of Seniors Doubles
  • U.S. Atty. Gen. Warns Public Schools Not to Reject Immigrant Children; USED Issues New Guidance
  • UW-Madison Study Shows Reduction in Poverty in State
  • Nationally, Field-Testing of New Common-Core Assessments Said to be Proceeding Smoothly
5-2-14 40
  • Lawmakers Continue To Press School Accountability Efforts
  • Concerns Over 'Unworkable' Course Options Law Aired
  • National Graduation Rate Hits 80 Percent for First Time Ever
  • Recommendations of “Keeping Wisconsin Schools Safe Initiative” Released,
    Seek to Enhance School Safety
  • DPI Surveying School Districts About Broadband
  • Washington State Loses Its Federal NCLB Waiver
  • State Schools Again Tops in Federal Green Ribbon Awards
4-25-14 39
  • Common Core Controversy Continues, Conservative Activists Fan Flames
  • State Leaders Seek to Enroll Hundreds of State Special Needs Youth, Families in $32.5 million, 5-year PROMISE Grant Initiative
  • Report:  1 in 13 U.S. School Students Takes Psych Meds
  • Federal FDA Moves To Regulate E-Cigarettes
  • AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Grant Applications Due in May
4-18-14 38
  • Report: Number of Milwaukee Voucher Schools Relatively Unchanged Since 2003 While Milwaukee Voucher Enrollment Has Doubled
  • WASB Still Seeking Interested School Board Members to Serve on Legislative Council Study Committees
  • Kansas Lawmakers Respond to Court Decision Holding Kansas’ K-12 Funding System Unconstitutional
  • College Board Provides Preview Of New SAT Questions
4-11-14 37
  • Governor Signs Bill Ending 180-Day School Calendar Mandate
  • WASB Seeks Interested School Board Members to Serve on Legislative Council Study Committees
  • DPI Releases State Assessment Results for Both Public School and Voucher Students
  • Predictably, Opinions Differ on the Performance of Voucher Students
  • Voucher Students Opting Out of Testing�A Sign of Things To Come?
  • DPI: $30.2 Million in Library Aid to be Distributed Later This Month
  • Task Force Targeting Achievement Gap Holds First Meeting
  • Longtime Senator, Current Senate President Mike Ellis Drops Re-election Bid, Will Retire
4-4-14 36
  • Taking Stock of the 2013-14 Legislative Session—Part 2
  • DPI Submits Final Revisions to Open Enrollment Rules (PI 36)
  • Voters Back More Than Two–Thirds of School Construction Referendums, Almost Two-Thirds of Revenue Limit Referenda Requests
  • Disparities Wider for African-American Children in Wisconsin Than in Any Other State
  • Evers Names Task Force to Address Achievement Gap
  • Assembly Education Chair, Rep. Steve Kestell, Announces Retirement
  • Why So Many Referendums ... and Why Have They Become So Critical?
3-28-14 35
  • Taking Stock of the 2013-14 Legislative Session—Part 1
  • Legislative Council Study on SAGE Program Proposed
  • Many Rural Wisconsin Counties Losing Population
  • US Autism Rate Continues to Climb, CDC Reports
  • Closing Arguments Heard in Major California Education Reform Case
3-21-14 34
  • 180-Day Calendar, Community Service Fund (Fund 80) Bills Clear Final Legislative Hurdles, Head to Governor’s Desk
  • Assembly Goes Along with Senate; OKs Limited School Accountability Bill
  • Assembly Approves Tax Cut Plan, Sends to Governor
  • Governor Walker Signs Bill Allowing 7th & 8th Graders to Receive HS Credit
  • Replacement Tests for the WKCE to Be Field Tested Soon
3-14-14 33
  • State Senate OKs Bill to End 180-Day Mandate; Assembly Action on Bill Set for Tuesday
  • Many More Private Schools Vie for Statewide Voucher Program
  • Voucher Program Attracts Some Questionable Applicants
  • Assembly Set to Make Final Push for Broad School Accountability Reform
  • Will Voucher School Pre-Accreditation Bill Be Used As ‘Political Football’ in Accountability Tussle?
  • School District Input Sought on Proposed EPA Regulations on PCBs
  • FCC Requests School Leaders’ Comments on E-Rate Modernization Proposal
3-7-14 32
  • School Leaders Pack Senate Education Committee Hearing on Common Core Bill (SB 619); Future of Bill is Cloudy
  • Thanks to Board Members, Other School Leaders for Efforts on Common Core Bill
  • 2013-14 Session Winding Down, Contact Legislators One Last Time
  • President Obama Offers Federal Budget Plan for Fiscal 2015
  • SAT Exam Gets A Makeover
  • Read to Lead Literacy Grants Available
2-28-14 31
  • Senate Education Committee Sets Hearing on Common Core Bill for March 6; Make Common Core Legislative Contacts
  • Window Closing on 2013-14 Session
  • Governor Pledges No Property Tax Increases Through 2018
  • Proposed WEAC-AFT Merger Put on Hold
  • State Names ‘Green Ribbon’ Nominees; Baldwin Promotes ‘Green’ Grants
  • Governor Presents Financial Literacy Awards
  • WRS Retirees to See Pension Checks Adjusted Upward
2-21-14 30
  • Vote on Common Core, School Accountability, and Special Needs Voucher Bills Pulled From Assembly Education Committee Agenda
  • Bill to Repeal 180-Day School Calendar Mandate Clears Senate and Assembly Committee Hurdles
  • New Common Core Proposal Would Create Board to Re-write State Academic Standards, Could Result in Lawmakers Writing Standards
  • Senate Passes Stripped-down 'Accountability' Bill, Assembly Push for Sanctions Stalls
  • New Federal Legislation on Restraint and Seclusion Raises Concerns
  • Voters Respond Favorably to Most School Referendums on Feb. Primary Ballot
  • Assembly Passes Several Education-Related Bills
2-14-14 29
  • Special Needs Voucher Bills Gaining Momentum
  • Bill to Repeal 180-Day School Calendar Mandate Needs Support From School Leaders to Pass Before Legislature Adjourns
  • Accountability Bills Face Obstacles; Differences Stymie Progress--Senate Advances Stripped-Down Version, Assembly Keeps Pushing Forward on Bill With Sanctions
  • Assembly Approves Governor’s Tax Cut Plan, Also Passes Bills to Boost Job Training and Road Aid
2-7-14 28
  • Special Needs Voucher Bill to Receive Hearing
  • New Bill Would Repeal 180-Day School Calendar Requirement, Ask Your Lawmaker to Support and Sponsor
  • WMC Writes in Support of Common Core State Standards
  • Public-Private Partnership Boosts Federal K-12 Technology Resources
1-31-14 27
  • Accountability Bill in a State of Flux, Current Version Would Strip School Boards of Voice over
    'Failing Schools'
  • Governor Calls for Commission to Review State Academic Standards
  • Special Needs Voucher Bill is Back Again
  • Governor Walker: Return Bulk of Projected State Surplus to Taxpayers
  • Sen. Schultz to Retire, Senate Losing Strong Voices for Public Education
  • Hearing Held on Bill Mandating Daily Gym Class for Wisconsin Elementary Students
1-17-14 26
  • State Revenues Expected to Show Big Jump; Governor to Propose Cut in Taxes
  • Legislative Leaders Weigh In on Options for Projected Surplus
  • Common Core Debate-Derived Assembly Bills Get Hearing
  • No Vote Likely on Senate Common Core Committee Recommendations
  • Senator Plans to Introduce Bill to Rescind Adoption of Common Core Standards, Implementation of SmarterBalanced Assessment
  • Contact Your Legislators About Proposed Expanded Elementary Gym Class Mandate
  • Grants Available for Financial Literacy Education
  • More School Districts Starting 4K Programs
1-10-14 25
  • JFC Narrowly Approves $7.1 Million for Student Information System
  • Bill to Expand Independent Charters Statewide, Curb School Board Oversight of Locally Authorized Charters Gets Hearing
  • Teachers Unions Explore Merger
  • WISTAX Says School Employee Benefit Cuts Offset Loss of State Aid Following Act 10
1-3-14 24
  • Hearing Set Next Week on Bill to Expand Independent Charters Statewide
  • JFC Set to Take Up DPI’s Student Information System (SIS) Proposal
  • Elementary Gym Class Mandate Proposed
  • Governor Walker Signs Three More Education-Related Bills into Law
12-13-13 23
  • Common Core Committee Reports Stop Short of Complete Overhaul
  • Another Bill to Expand Independent Charter Schools Statewide Emerges
  • Governor Walker Signs Several Education-Related Bills into Law
  • Legislators to Introduce Evers’ School Funding Proposal
  • Elementary Gym Class Mandate Floated In Legislature By Rep. Weininger
  • House Approves Federal Budget Agreement, Senate Action Pending
12-6-13 22
  • Progress Seen on Voucher Accountability Bill...
  • However, Data Collection May Remain Obstacle to Voucher Accountability
  • Rural Schools Task Force to Hold Dec. 17 Hearing in Madison
  • Number of Teachers in Training Down Statewide
  • U.S. Students’ Global Ranking Slides in Math, Reading and Science
  • Study Committees Readying Recommendations on Common Core
  • Tea Party Leaders, Other Conservatives Urge Gov. Walker to Reject Common Core Standards
  • LFB Memos Detail 2012-13 State Support Levels, 2013-14 General School Aid Amounts for All School Districts
11-22-13 21
  • Assembly Common Core Committee Plans to Issue Report by Holidays
  • Republicans Sweep Assembly Special Elections; Primary Narrows Field in Another Assembly Special Election Race
  • Financial Literacy Panel Reviews School Survey
  • DPI Offers Bullying Prevention High School Curriculum, Online Program
11-15-13 20
  • Legislature Concludes Regular Business for the Year
  • Bill to Increase State-Required Math and Science Credits Heads to Governor’s Desk
  • Assembly Approves Bill to Restrict Recalls of School Board Members
  • Senate Passes Internet Privacy Bill, Would Ban Snooping in the Facebook Accounts of Job Seekers and Students
  • NAEP Results Hold Steady in Wisconsin, Incremental Progress Nationally
  • Voucher Enrollment Continues to Increase, More Than Doubles in Racine
  • Sen. Baldwin Signs on to Early Learning Initiative
11-8-13 19
  • Tech Ed. Bills Headed to Governor’s Desk
  • Bill to Increase State-Required Math and Science Credits Advances in Senate, Faces Tougher Road in Assembly
  • Voucher Researcher Deven Carlson to Make Several Wisconsin Appearances; His Findings Shed New Light on Voucher School Performance
  • Newly-Passed Changes Will Make It Harder to Challenge School Mascots, Logos and Nicknames
  • NAEP Results Released: U.S. Math, Reading Scores Edge Upward
  • Colorado Voters Reject Tax Increase for Schools
11-1-13 18
  • Nearly 80 Percent of Voucher Recipients Not Attending Public Schools
  • Assembly Speaker Nixes Advancing 'Guns-in-Schools' Bill (AB 9)
  • Senate Transportation Committee Hears School Bus Safety Belt Bill
  • WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference to Focus on Improving Legislative Advocacy Through Engaging Our Communities
  • New Research Shows Early Childhood Education Benefits Outweigh Costs
10-25-13 17
  • Governor Signs Bill to Provide Tax Relief Via Equalization Aid Hike
  • DPI Certifies New (Post-Act 46) General Aid Distribution
  • Property Tax Relief Impact of Act 46 Will Vary by School District
  • Rural School Task Force Holds First Meeting
  • WASB Seeks Input From Rural School Leaders
  • Third Common Core Standards Hearing Held in Eau Claire
  • Final Common Core Standards Hearing Wednesday in Wausau
  • U.S. Students' Ability to Compete Internationally Varies by State
  • Committee Vote Postponed on Bill, Proposed Amendment on Guns in Schools
  • After Approving Bill to End Shutdown and Raise Debt Ceiling Congress Looks for More Durable Solutions
  • Legislative Advocacy Conference Will Focus on Improving Legislative Advocacy Through Engaging Our Communities More Effectively
10-18-13 16
  • Lawmakers Approve $100 Million in Property Tax Relief Channeled Through Equalization Aids
  • State’s 2012-13 Books Show Improved Financial Condition…
  • … But Special Session Actions Will Increase Structural Deficit in 2015-17 Biennium
  • First Rural School Task Force Meeting Is Oct. 23
  • Committee Vote Scheduled on Bill to Let “Off Duty” Cops, Former Cops Carry Firearms in Schools; Proposed Amendment Would Allow Anyone With A CCW Permit Go Armed in Schools
  • Common Core Standards Hearing Wednesday in Eau Claire
  • Legislators Look to Override Local School Board Decisions on Empty School Buildings
  • Mascot Bill Passes Assembly, Delayed in Senate
10-11-13 15
  • Gov. Walker Sets Special Session On $100 Million Property Tax Relief Plan; Money Will Be Channeled Through Equalization Aids
  • Rural School Task Force Sets First Meeting
  • Common Core Hearing Wednesday in Fond du Lac
  • Assembly Committee Hears Proposal to Allow Current, Former Cops to Carry Firearms in Schools
  • Legislature Looks to Override MPS Board, City of Milwaukee on Empty School Buildings
  • Cyberbullying Bill Advances Through Senate Committee
  • Mental Health Bills Advance for Assembly Debate in November
10-4-13 14
  • Common Core Hearings Slated in Three More Locations
  • Proposal For Statewide Expansion of Independent Charter Schools Appears To Be On Fast Track
  • UW System Unveils Plan for Separating UW, WiscNet Assets
  • Not Too Late to Weigh In, Offer Ideas on E-Rate Changes; Make Your Voice Heard by October 16th
9-17-13 13
  • Common Core ‘Special Committees’ Created in Both Houses; Senate Hearing Next Week
  • K-12 Education Components Part of Workforce Development Package
  • State Superintendent Evers Delivers State of Education Address
  • Bill to Rewrite District Logo and Mascot Objection Process Proposed
  • Lawmakers Push to Force MPS to Sell Vacant School Buildings to Private Competitors
9-20-13 12
  • School District report Cards Show Solid Results
  • Bill Proposes ‘Equal Access for All Students’ in Extracurricular Activities
  • Members of Speaker's Rural Schools Task Force Named
9-13-13 11
  • Accountability Bill Meets with Support, Criticism
  • DPI Report on Common Core Standards Released
  • Assembly Speaker Forms Task Force on Rural School Issues
  • Another Act 10 Challenge Rejected by Courts
  • GAB to Offer Election Training for School District Clerks
9-6-13 10
  • Legislative Fiscal Bureau Analyzes Common Core Costs
  • Group Says U.S. DOJ Wrong on Vouchers and Disabilities
  • DPI Unveils High School ‘Global Education’ Certificate
  • DPI Honors 167 Schools for Progress with Low-Income Students
  • Sept. 15 is Deadline to Submit Resolutions for 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly;
  • Two Ways to Submit Your Resolutions Electronically
8-30-13 9
  • Education Committees Plan Accountability Bill Hearings in September
  • DPI Nixes Four Milwaukee Voucher Schools, Halts Funding for Low-Performing School
  • MPS Board Targeted Again--Controversial Plan Under Discussion That Would Remove MPS Board’s Governance Authority
  • Continued Slide in Property Valuation, Reports on State-Local Taxing and Spending Make Headlines
  • USED Attaches More Strings to NCLB Waiver Renewals
  • Two Ways To Submit a Resolution for the 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly
  • Middleton-Cross Plains District Hosts Education Interactive Forum
  • Things To Watch For—Will Federal Education Law Be Reshaped by ESEA Reauthorization or by Waiver Renewals?
8-23-13 8
  • Feds Set Income Levels for Free, Reduced-Price School Meals
  • Wisconsin ACT Scores Hold Steady, Maintain Tie for Second Best in U.S.
  • WASB to Lawmakers: Proposed Social Media Privacy Bill  Could Hinder Schools’ Cyberbullying Investigations
  • Poll Reveals Most Don’t Like Testing, Oppose Vouchers, Unaware of Common Core Standards
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly
  • Things To Watch For—Alternative Views of Accountability
8-16-13 7
    • Comprehensive School Accountability Measure Offered by Education Committee Chairmen 
      • Key Features Of The "Olsen-Kestell" Accountability Bill -- "Plain-Language" Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
    • Qualifying Schools Named for Statewide Voucher Program; Among Pupils Who Applied, Over Three-Quarters Did Not Attend Public Schools Last Year
    • Submit a Resolution for the 2014 Delegate Assembly
    • Things To Watch For  --  Potential Changes to the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
8-9-13 6
  • Common Core Controversy Still Simmers Across the Nation
  • CCSS Controversy Simmers Here in Wisconsin as Well
  • Childhood Obesity Rate Drops in 18 States, Holds Steady in Wisconsin
  • Proposal to Mandate Five-Day-a-Week Phy Ed Classes Floated
  • Legislative Proposal Would Reimburse Districts for Contracted SPED Sub Services
  • State Awards $12.8 Million in Charter School Grants
  • Deadline Today for Parents to Submit Applications for Statewide Voucher Program
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly
  • New Superintendents Take the Helm in 40 Wisconsin School Districts
  • Things To Watch For -- Required Review of Common Core State Standards
8-2-13 5
  • DPI Announces Applicants for Expanded Voucher Program…
    …Private Schools in the Nine Districts Targeted For Voucher Expansion Earlier This Year
    Head the List of Applicants
  • WI Awarded Additional $11 Million for Early Childhood
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly
  • Want to Know More About Changes in the State Budget, Upcoming Issues in the Legislature?
  • State Awards $1.86 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grants
  • Skyward Announces Expansion in Wisconsin
  • LFB Memo: Property Tax Hikes Over Next Two Years Will be Modest for State as a Whole
7-26-13 4
  • Assembly Education Committee Sets Focus on DPI Rules
  • School Safety Summit Examines Issues, Strategies and Collaboration
  • Facing Sanctions, School Board Votes Not to Change Nickname and Logo
  • Lawmakers to Offer Bill Repealing DPI Authority Over Logos and Mascots
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2014 WASB Delegate Assembly
  • Things To Watch For -- Community Service (Fund 80) Levy Limit and Reporting Requirements
7-19-13 3
  • Federal E-Rate Program Comes Into Focus
  • Dueling Versions of ESEA Reauthorization Plot Uncertain Future as House Passes Its Version
  • School Board Input Sought on IDEA Changes
  • State Tax Revenues Continue to Grow
  • With Deadline Looming, No Private Schools Apply to Voucher Program – Yet
  • Things To Watch For—Per-Pupil Categorical Aid
7-12-13 2
  • Budget Passage Provides Opportunity to Stay Connected to Legislators
  • If E-Rate Is Important to Your District, Contact Sen. Johnson
  • Does Your Board Want the WASB to Take a New (or Different) Position on an Issue? ...Submit a Resolution
  • Updated WASB Resolutions Books Mailed; Also Available Online
  • Facing Challenges, WiscNet Tells Lawmakers Its Finances Are Strong
  • Bill Allowing Boards to Set School Start Date Introduced
7-3-13 1
  • Gov. Walker Signs 2013-15 State Budget into Law, Vetoes Some Late Changes to Voucher-Related Provisions
  • Could UW Decision to Withdraw Contract Cloud WiscNet’s Future?
  • State Telecommunications Association Members Appear Eager to Scoop Up
    WiscNet’s Book of Business
  • Senate Committees Set WiscNet Hearing for Monday, July 8
  • July 1 General Aid Estimates Project a Drop in Aid in More Than Half of Districts
  • DETF Issues Employer Bulletin on Budget Changes to WRS Provisions
  • More Information on 2014 WRS Contribution Rate Increase
2012-13 (July 2012-June 2013)
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Date Issue Content
6-28-13 46
  • WASB Resolutions Book Now Online; Hard Copies to Be Mailed Soon
  • Sen. Olsen: Public, Voucher, Charter School Accountability Legislation Coming
  • School Staffing Holds Steady, But Down Statewide By Over 5,000 in Last Five Years
  • Bill Being Circulated Allowing Boards to Set School Start Date
  • U.S. House Education Committee Advances ESEA Reauthorization Bill
  • Duncan Offers Flexibility to NCLB Waiver States On Use of Student Achievement
    Growth to Evaluate Teachers
  • Study Shows Substantial Pre-K Benefits for Students
  • Conditions for American Children Seen as Mixed in Latest KIDS COUNT Report
6-21-13 45
  • Lawmakers Pass State Budget; Assembly Dems Pass on Debating, Governor Likely to Sign Soon
    • Assembly Changes Enlarge Voucher Expansion,
    • Assembly Changes Thaw Fund 80 Freeze Slightly
    • Assembly Dems Pass on Debating…
  • WiscNet Controversies Continue
  • State Retirement Fund Needs More Money from Taxpayers and Employees; WRS Employer/Worker Contribution Rates to Increase
  • Report Says State’s Teacher-Prep Schools Lacking
  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case in Which Dane County Judge Ruled Portions of Act 10 Unconstitutional
6-14-13 44
  • Assembly Set to Vote on Budget on June 18, Senate Vote Likely to Follow on June 20
  • Legislative Fiscal Bureau Releases Various Analyses Comparing Governor’s Budget Proposal with JFC Version
  • State Assembly Advances Election Law Reform Measure Restricting Scheduling of School Referendums
  • ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Underway in Congress; Pervasive, Partisan Rifts Apparent
  • President Obama Pushes Plan for E-Rate Overhaul, More Technology Funding for Schools
6-7-13 43
  • JFC Budget Provides Additional $150 Per Pupil Thru Novel Approach; Revenue Caps and State Aid Levels Raised Above Original Proposal
  • Statewide Voucher Expansion Passes JFC as Part of School Funding Compromise
  • Several Key Non-Fiscal Education Policy Items Removed By JFC
  • JFC Budget Makes Numerous Other Changes
  • Private School Tuition Tax Deduction of; Up to $10,000 Per Child Gets Nod from JFC
  • JFC Gives Skyward Victory in Quest for Student Information System Contract
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Budget Panel Approves ACT Tests for High Schoolers
  • Joint Finance Revises 'Double Dipping' Provisions For a Third Time
  • "Fast-Tracked" AB 225 Restricts Scheduling Referenda, Districts' Ability to Provide Inforamtion About Referenda, and Permissible Reasons for Recalling School Board Members
5-24-13 42
  • Legislative Alert: Key Budget Votes Set for Wednesday (May 29) Will $200 Per Pupil Revenue Limit Increase Help You Craft Your Budget? Contact Legislators Today!
  • And Don’t Forget About Vouchers…
  • Hearing on Common Core State Standards Draws Overflow Crowd
  • Wisconsin Education Spending Ranked High in Census Bureau Study Reflecting Pre-Walker Era Numbers
  • 'Double Dipping' Provisions Adopted by Joint Finance
  • Student Poverty in Wisconsin Schools Increases for Ninth Consecutive Year
  • Dems Push $275 Per Student Increase, Dump Voucher Expansion
  • Voucher Opponents Petition Legislature with 17,000 Signatures
5-17-14 41
  • Forward Institute Report Says Voucher Expansion Will Harm Public Schools
  • JFC Sets Vote on 'Double Dipping' Provisions That Could Increase District Costs,
    Raise Personnel Problems
  • Latest Marquette University Poll: Public Divided on Voucher Expansion, Supportive of
    Increasing Public School Funding
  • Governor’s New Budget Plan Cuts UW Funding, Shrinks Cash Reserves
5/10/13 40
  • State Budget Gets Huge Boost: New Estimates Forecast an Additional $575 Million in State Revenues
  • Assembly GOP Leaders Willing to Increase Revenue Limits, Although Not As Much as Senate; Governor Remains Mum
  • DPI Posts Nine New Budget-Related Issue Papers on Its Website
  • Gov. Walker Pledges to Address Treatment of Disabled Students in Voucher Schools, State Supt. Evers Questions DPI Authority to Address DOJ Concerns
  • Joint Education Hearing Scheduled on Common Core Standards
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Strikes Down La. Voucher Program
5/3/13 39
  • Senate Hearing Outlines Budget’s Threat to Rural Schools
  • Action Steps For Your Board
  • U.S. Department of Justice: DPI Must Ensure Voucher Schools Accept, Serve Students with Disabilities
  • Skyward’s Protest of SIS Contracting Decision Turned Back
  • Some Voucher Proponents Well-Funded from Outside Wisconsin
  • Four Schools, District Designated Green Ribbon Schools by EPA
4/26/13 38
  • Latest State Assessment Scores Show Effects of Higher Proficiency Standards
  • Voucher Students Lag Their Local Public School Counterparts
  • Legislative Meetings Raise Budget Concerns About Funding, Vouchers
  • Governor Opens the Door to Possible School Aid Increase?
  • Memo Estimates Statewide Fiscal Effect of Raising Revenue Limits
  • Separate Fiscal Bureau Memos Identify Non-Fiscal Policy Items in Proposed State Budget
4/19/13 37
  • Report: Voucher Expansion Could Hit Nine Targeted Districts Hard
  • Resources Available for Talking to Your Communities about Vouchers
  • JFC Wraps Up Budget Hearings; Votes to Begin Next Week
  • Evers Says Proposed State Budget Won’t Help Rural Schools
  • Concern Raised Over “Misuse” of School Report Cards
  • Pro-Voucher Contributors, Groups Spend Big to Boost Pro-Voucher Candidates
  • WASB Region 4 Legislative Listening Session a Success
4/12/13 36
  • Public Schools Continue Strong Showing at JFC Hearings; One More Still to Go
  • Over $30 Million Goes to Public School Libraries
  • State’s 2012 HS Graduation Rates Up Slightly
4/5/13 35
  • Joint Finance Committee Holds First of Four Hearings on Proposed State Budget
  • Reminder: K-12 Needs Strong Presence at Joint Finance Budget Hearings
  • State Superintendent Evers Re-elected to New Four-Year Term
  • Neylon Elected to Fill Vacant 99th Assembly District Seat
  • Revenue Limit Referendums Generally Fare Well,
  • Results Mixed on Borrowing Referendums
3/29/13 34
  • K-12 Needs Strong Presence at Joint Finance Hearings on Proposed State Budget
  • WISTAX Analysis: Vouchers, Independent Charters Affect All School Districts
  • April 2 is Election Day for State Superintendent, Local Board Seats; Many Referenda on Ballot
  • Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin Offering Free Training Sessions, Expense Stipend
3/22/13 33
  • Evers to JFC: Stop Defunding Public Education
  • Marquette Poll: Public Undecided on Vouchers; 49 Percent Have No Opinion
  • Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings Set
3/15/13 32
  • LFB Completes Analysis of Proposed State Budget;
  • Locations of JFC Hearings Announced
  • Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Fund Several State Mandates on Schools
  • Details of Wisconsin School Safety Summit Unveiled
3/8/13 31
  • Senate Republicans Balk at Vouchers, Independent Charter Board in Budget
  • Support Builds in Senate for $150 Per Pupil Revenue Limit Increase
  • Time is Critical to Connect With Your Legislators About State Budget
  • Come to WASB’s Day at the Capitol to Learn and to Tell Your District’s Story
3/1/13 30
  • Breakthrough on Revenue Limits: Sens. Ellis, Olsen to Propose $150 Per Pupil Increase in Each Year of Budget
  • Governor’s Budget Strips School Boards of Their Authority Over Charter Schools
  • Sequestration Arrives; Federal Cuts Will Happen
  • Key Senators Express Concerns About Budget’s Voucher Expansion, Lack of Revenue Limit Increase – Make Legislative Contact Soon
  • Come to WASB’s Day at the Capitol to Tell Your District’s Story
  • Income Tax Cut Proposed in State Budget Averages $83
2/22/13 29
  • Governor Unveils Budget: Spending Plan Freezes Public Schools, Boosts Vouchers, Independent Charters
  • Budget Freezes Revenue Limits; 1 Percent Aid Increase Goes to Tax Reduction Not Kids
  • Budget Expands Vouchers, Boosts Voucher Payments
  • (New!) Voucher Resource Page on WASB’s Web Site
  • Budget Plan Expands Independent Charter Schools; Reduces Local Boards Role in Charter Oversight
  • Special Education Vouchers Part of Budget Proposal
  • Other Education Initiatives in the Governor’s Budget
  • Other Noteworthy Budget Provisions
  • Referendum Voters Receptive to More School Spending
  • Skyward Protests Award of Statewide Student Information System
2/15/13 28
  • Governor's Budget to Seek $100 Million for Job Training, ACT Suite
  • Assembly OK’s Constitutional Change Limiting Use of State’s Transportation Fund
  • New Report Promotes Creation of Special Education Vouchers
  • Report: Voucher Schools Lack Art, Music and PE Opportunities for Students
  • President Urges Early Childhood Investment
2/8/13 27
  • Do It Now: Urgent Legislative Advocacy Tasks for School Boards
  • Voucher Proponents Launch Statewide Campaigns Promoting Voucher Expansion
    • Separate Effort Mounted to Promote Special Education Vouchers
    • Budget Decisions on Vouchers Loom
  • Vendor Selected to Provide Statewide Student Information Services, Minnesota Firm Gets Nod
  • Two Important National, State Political Speeches on Tap
  • Gov. Walker to Propose $29 Million Budget Increase For Mental Health Services
  • State Assembly Creates Task Force on Mental Health
  • Study: Most States Currently Lack Data on Principals’ Training and Evaluation
2-1-13 26
  • Gov. Walker Addresses State Education Convention
  • Most Public Schools Receive Less Per Pupil Aid than Voucher Schools
  • Rep. Bies to Introduce Bill Allowing Fees for Some Record Requests
1-18-13 25
  • Gov. Walker Outlines Future in State of the State Address
  • President Obama Offers School Safety, Mental Health Proposals
  • Existing WASB Positions on School Security and Firearms in Schools
  • Two Key GOP Senate Leaders Back Local Referendum Vote
  • Before Any School Voucher Expansion is Allowed
1-11-13 24
  • Quality Counts 2012 Puts Wisconsin Schools Above National Average
  • New Legislators Sworn in as 2013-14 Legislative Session Begins
  • Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address Set for Jan. 15
  • State Finances May Not Stretch As Far As Earlier Forecasts Suggested
  • WISTAX: 2012 School Taxes Increase Just 0.2 Percent
  • Indian Logo/Mascot/Nickname Issue Unresolved
  • Special Study Committees Finalize Recommendations
  • Wisconsin One of Top States for Child Dental Care
1-4-13 23
  • Evers, Pridemore to Face Off in State Superintendent Race
  • Congress Averts Tax Hike Aspects of 'Fiscal Cliff' But 'Kicks the Can Further Down the Road' on Spending Cuts
  • Fiscal Cliff 'Fix' and Push to Lower State Income Tax Rates Likely to Reduce Projected State Revenues in Coming 2013-15 Biennium
12-14-12 22
  • Vocabulary a Struggle for Many U.S. Students, Study Says
  • Walker Says Voucher Expansion Possible In Communities with 'Tremendous Public Support'
  • Michigan Passes Right-to-Work Law
  • Additional Members Named to Budget-Writing Joint Finance Committee
  • Few Changes Expected in Key Congressional Education Committee Posts
  • Race to the Top – District Grant Winners Named; CESA 10 Consortium Misses Out
  • Reminder: Indoor Environmental Quality Management Plan Deadline Approaching
12-7-12 21
  • Assembly Names Education-related Committee Chairs, Co-chairs
  • Senate GOP Makes Committee Assignments
  • WEAC, AFT-Wisconsin Discuss Merger
  • WASB Proposed Resolutions Available on Web
  • Rep. Pridemore Announces Run for State Superintendent Post
  • Special Study Committee Recommends Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Changes
  • Wisconsin Wins $22.7M Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
  • Evers’ Budget Requests More Aid for Students with Disabilities
  • Reminder: WRS Contribution Rates to Increase in 2013
11-30-12 20
  • Walker Hints About Education Reform in California Speech
  • Estimates Show $1.5 Billion in Available Revenue for 2013-15
  • Clock Ticking for Congress, President to Avert Federal ‘Fiscal Cliff’
  • CESA 10 Consortium in Running for Race to the Top Grant
  • DPI Awarded EPA Grant to Expand Green & Healthy Schools
11/16/12 19
  • State Supt. Evers Reintroduces Updated School Funding Reform Proposal
  • Evers’ Plan Boosts Categorical Aids
  • Views Differ on Evers’ Proposal
  • GOP–Led Assembly Chooses Leaders
  • Governor, Lawmakers Voice Support for School Funding
  • Gov. Walker Tells Feds Wisconsin Won't Create State Health Care Exchange
  • Legislative Fiscal Bureau Details $4.3 Billion in School Aids for 2012-13
  • Report: Reduced Benefit Costs Helped School Districts Offset Revenue Limit Cuts
11-9-12 18
  • GOP Retakes Control of State Government
  • Baldwin Outpolls Thompson to Capture U.S. Senate Seat
  • State’s Congressional Incumbents Win Re-election Handily
  • Obama Wins State Vote, Second Term as President
  • Evers to Unveil Updated School Funding Reform Plan
  • Many School Referendums Approved on Nov. 6 Ballot
11/2/12 17
  • Gov. Walker Previews 2013-15 Budget Focus
  • Judge Says Governor Can’t Review DPI Administrative Rules
  • Public School Spending, Staffing, and Property Tax Levies All Dropped in 2010-11
  • Many School Referendums Also on Nov. 6 Ballot
  • After-School Grants Available
10/26/12 16
  • School Report Cards Issued; 86 Percent of Public Schools Meet or Exceed Expectations
  • Legislative Council Special Study Committee Considers List of Possible Action Item…
    … And Hears More from School Districts
  • DPI to Review Virtual Schools
  • Judge Declines to Stay His Ruling Striking Down Parts of Act 10
10/19/12 15
  • DPI Certifies State Equalization Aid Amounts; 2 in 3 Districts To See Decrease
  • School Report Cards To Be Issued Oct. 22
  • State’s Annual Report Shows Positive Balance, Nearly $109 Million Deposit To Rainy Day Fund
  • Nationally, Many School Districts Said to Be Technologically Unprepared For Online Assessments
  • Advocacy Group’s New Model Charter School Law Would Diminish Local School Boards’ Role, Promote For-Profit Management of Charters
10/12/12 14
  • State Support for Public K-12 Education Detailed
  • New $100 Million State Workforce Training Effort Proposed
  • New Report Says U.S. Doesn't Match Rhetoric On Education With Action
  • Tracking Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Education Issues
10/5/12 13
  • Education Issues Draw Attention in Presidential Debate
  • Congressional Leaders at Work on Plan to Tackle 'Fiscal Cliff'
  • New Opportunities for ‘Green & Healthy’ Schools
09/28/12 12
  • Taxpayers Alliance: Most HS Grads Not College-Ready
  • Report Says Student Performance Targets ‘Virtually Impossible’ to Meet
09/21/12 11
  • Act 10 Ruling Allows Changes, But Retains Critical Local Control Provisions
  • Evers Outlines Future With State of Education Address
  • DPI Budget Request is Partial; Rest to Come in November
  • Governor Calls Special Election for 33rd Senate District
  • DPI Promotes ‘Credit Flexibility’ Option for Boards
09/14/12 10
  • Evers Unveils ACT Student Assessment Budget Proposal
  • Leg. Council Work Readiness Study Committee Hears About Individual Learning Plans
  • Cost of Employer-Provided Family Health Coverage Up 4 Percent Nationally
  • Census Report: US Incomes Fall to 1989 Levels; Wis. Incomes, Poverty Both Up Slightly
  • California to Require Large Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax; Wis. Counties Assn. Urges Referendums on Issue
09/7/12 09
  • Audit Questions Voucher Researchers’ Conclusions
  • Assembly Members List Issues for 2013-14 Legislative Session
  • Report: Wisconsin School Cuts Among the Nation’s Deepest Since Recession Begain
  • 132 State Schools Earn 'Schools of Recognition' Honors
08/31/12 08
  • Wisconsin Distributes $16.1M for Charter School Grants
  • State Senate Education Committee Hears Testimony on Plight of Small Rural Districts
  • New Tools for Board Members: WASB Unveils School Finance Information, Referendum Resource Pages
  • National Survey Outlines Drug Use in Schools
08/24/12 07
  • DPI Creates Alternative Path to Teaching Licenses
  • Retired Bucyrus Exec Issues Skills Gap Report to Governor
  • WiscNet Reorganization Addresses Legislative Concerns
  • WI, Nation’s ACT scores hold steady
  • More Detail Emerges on ‘Agenda 2017’
  • Annual PDK/Gallup Poll Results on Attitudes Toward Public Education Released
08/17/12 06
  • Evers Promotes ‘Agenda 2017’ With Media Outreach Effort
  • USED Unveils RTTT-District Competition Requirements
  • Primary Election Results Likely to Please Headline Writers: It’s 'Tommy vs. Tammy'
  • Fourteen New Schools Enter Voucher Program
  • New Law Governing Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint Takes Effect Sept. 1
  • DOR Releases 2012 Equalized Values; State Property Values Drop For Fourth Straight Year
08/10/12 05
  • Over $1.6 Million Awarded for Youth Apprenticeship Grants
  • Primary Election is Tuesday; Some Primaries Pit Candidates with School Board
    Experience Against One Another
  • Report: State Budgets Appear Stable, But Concerns Over 'Uncertainty' Remain
  • Financial Literacy Grants Approved for 24 Districts
08/03/12 04
  • Two New Ways to Submit Proposed Resolutions to WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee
  • Sen. Cullen Returns to Dem Fold
  • Senators Reveal 2013-14 Agenda Items; Education is Prominent
  • Things to Watch For: Business Group Developing a Plan to Narrow “Skills Gap”
07/27/12 03
  • U.S. Department of Education Issue Guidance on Federal Funds Sequestration
  • Cullen Bolts from Dem Caucus; Efforts Made to Woo Back
  • Act 10 Changes Brings Swift Resolution to Bargaining Sessions
  • Wisconsin Slips in Annual ‘Kids Count’ Rating System
07/20/12 02
  • Numbers of Students Deemed Proficient Drop With More Rigorous Proficiency Benchmarks
  • Leg. Council Study Committee Hears About State's Skills Cap, Ponders What High School
    Graduation Signifies
  • Democrats Now Control State Senate, Tab Lehman to Chair Education Committee
  • GOP Sen. Zipperer to Resign Senate Seat
  • Despite Numerical Control, Senate Dems Have Little Real Power
  • General Aid Estimates for School Districts Released…
    . . . Hefty Proportion of Aid Increase Goes to Independent Charters, Vouchers
  • Study: Wisconsin’s Student Academic Growth Since 1992 Sluggish
  • Obama Proposes $1B Pay Incentive for STEM Teachers
07/13/12 01
  • Feds Grant State’s NCLB Waiver Request
  • Sen. Wanggaard Concedes Recall, Dems to Take Control of Senate
  • WRS Report Recommends No Changes
  • Nonpartisan Legislative Council Releases Memo on Supreme Court  Health Care Decision
  • Upcoming Meetings—Leg. Council Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School
2011-12 (July 2011-June 2012)
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07/07/11 01
  • State Aid Falls in 96 Percent of Districts
  • State Budget Will Cause Many Districts To Reduce Property Taxes
  • Interim Report of Panel Studying Waste Fraud and Abuse Released
  • Teachers Union Sues Over Law Giving Governor Power Over DPI Rules
  • Duncan's Authority To Grant NCLB Waivers Questioned By CRS Memo
07/14/11 02
  • Walker, Evers Join Forces for Improved Accountability System
  • Senate President Responds to Ashley’s Letter on Vouchers
  • Legislators Plan ‘Extraordinary’ Session on UC, Reapportionment Map
  • State Supreme Court Overrules Lower Court on School Expulsion Case
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) Update
  • House Committee Approves ESEA Funding Flexibility Act
  • States Defiant on NCLB Compliance
  • Recall Roundup
07/21/11 03
  • Despite Past Differences Gov. Walker, Supt. Evers Seeing Eye-to-Eye on Several Education Initiatives
  • Gov. Walker:  State to Enter Latest Race to the Top Competition
  • Over 20 Schools Eye Voucher Expansion
  • Sparsity Aid Picture: Less Money for More Schools
  • Battle Lines Drawn in WiscNet Fight
  • GOP Redistricting Plans Advance; Await  Governor’s Signature
  • Recall Roundup
07/28/11 04
  • WEAC Says 'No' To Joining School Accountability Task Force
  • Federal Debt Ceiling Impasse: State Could Maintain Its Federal Programs for Three Months Using State Funds
  • WASB Summer Seminars 'Contending with the 2011-13 State Budget'
  • Another Report Finds Little Academic Gain from Voucher Schools
  • DOA Memo Clarifies Union Certification Election Timing Question
  • Census Bureau Releases Local-level Wisconsin Data
  • Recall Roundup
08/04/11 05
  • School Accountability Effort Gets Underway
  • More States Asking For NCLB Flexibility
  • Federal Debt Ceiling Deal Completed 
  • Debt Ceiling Issue Reaches State, Local Schools
  • WASB Special Summer Seminars
  • Recall Roundup
08/11/11 06
  • GOP Holds off Democrats in Senate Recalls, Republicans Take 4 of 6 Races to
    Retain Control of State Senate
  • Wisconsin Will Seek Waiver of 'No Child Left Behind' Mandates
  • Work on New School Accountability Frameworks Set to Launch
  • Number of Districts Receiving High Poverty Aid Nearly Doubles
  • GOP Leader Vos Looks to Change Recall Law
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2012 Delegate Assembly
  • Recall Roundup
08/18/11 07
  • Democrats Win Both Senate Recalls, But GOP Control Holds at 17-16
  • Legislative Audit Bureau on Vouchers: “No Significant Difference" in Performance of Voucher, Public School Students
  • Special Feature—Key Legislation for the Upcoming Floor Period
  • DOR Releases Equalized Values Report: State Real Estate Market Down But Slightly
  • Annual Snapshot Released: Recession Hit Poor Families Hard
  • WEAC Lays Off 40 Percent of Staff
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2012 Delegate Assembly
  • Recall Roundup
08/25/11 08
  • Review of State’s Districts Show Fiscal Problems Widespread
  • WERC Posts Draft Union Certification Election Rules
  • Special Feature – Key Legislation for the Upcoming Floor Period
  • National Poll: Public Support for Teachers Strong, Not So Much For Unions
  • Governor’s Read to Lead Task Force Meets in Green Bay
  • Submit a Resolution for the 2012 Delegate Assembly
  • New Reports Assess Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Wisconsin
  • Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Application Released
  • Info on the ‘Super Committee’ & Federal Education Funding
09/01/11 09
  • Unions Change Course on Recertification
  • Unfunded Mandates Receive Legislative Attention
  • More About Key Legislation for the Upcoming Floor Period
  • Technology Changing Classrooms Despite Budget Pressures
  • Use the New Online Submission Form to Submit a Resolution for the 2012 WASB Delegate Assembly
09/09/11 10
  • New Senators To Be  Sworn in, Governor Sets Assembly Special Election
  • LFB Says Tax Collections on Target
  • Wisconsin K-12 Funding Cuts Rank High, Deepest in US?
  • Another Key Bill for the Upcoming Floor Period
09/16/11 11
  • Evers Outlines Steps for the Future in Education Address
  • New Union Certification Rules Take Effect
  • Final Applications Released for Race to then Top—Early Learning Challenge
  • Obama Jobs Plan: $369 Million to Upgrade Schools, Avoid Teacher Layoffs
  • Duncan Touts Obama Plan, Criticizes Bargaining Curbs in Milwaukee Stop
  • Congressional 'Super Committee' Gets Down to Business
  • Dems, Repubs Make Committee Changes
09/23/11 12
  • Obama Moves to Allow Waivers on NCLB
  • Money Pours in with Push to Expand Vouchers in Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Board Passes “Truth in Taxing” Voucher Information on Tax Bills
  • Independent Charter School Expansion Bill Hits Potential Roadblock
09/30/11 13
  • Governor Calls a Second Special Legislative Session on Jobs
  • Senate Education Committee to Hold a Hearing on Senate Bill 174—Urge Your Senators
    to Support This Bill
  • Meetings Between Chippewa Valley School Leaders, Lawmakers Provide a Good Lesson
  • What Might a Federal NCLB Waiver Mean for Wisconsin?
  • LFB Report Shows on 2010-11 State Support for K-12 Schools Was Lower Than Previous Years
  • Health Insurance Premiums Up 9 Percent Over Last Year, Study Says
  • Median Income in Wisconsin Declined by More than 14 Percent over the Last Decade
  • DPI Announces School Meal Income Eligibility Guidelines
  • Most Milwaukee-Area Teachers Unions Plan to Recertify Under New Rules
  • Plan for New Statewide Student Information System Triggers Job Loss Concerns in Central Wisconsin
10/07/11 14
  • Senate Committee Advances Bill (SB 174) to Curb Voucher Expansion
  • Pro-Voucher Group School Choice Wisconsin Hopes to Build on Gains; Eyes Green Bay for
    Voucher Expansion
  • Legislators Ask for Fund 80 Audit
10/14/11 15
  • DPI: 97 Percent of Districts to Receive Less State Aid
  • Key U.S. Senate Committee Unveils NCLB Reauthorization Plan
  • Despite Reauthorization Proposal, Interest in Waivers Remains High
  • School Mandate Dropped in Hunter Heritage Bill
  • Recall Round-up
10/21/11 16
  • Senate Passes Bill to Give School Boards Flexibility, Mandate Relief
  • Senate OKs Bill Limiting Private Voucher School Expansion
  • Senate Unanimous in Support of Restrictions on Immoral Conduct in School Workplace
  • 'Vocational Diploma' Proposal Gets an Airing
  • State Revenue Department Releases Fall 2011 Economic Outlook
  • Recall Roundup
10/28/11 17
  • JFC Approves Independent Charter School Expansion
  • Busy Week Ahead for State Assembly: Many Education Bills on Docket
  • Lawmakers Respond Favorably to WASB Plea for Local Control
  • Wisconsin Submits Early Learning Challenge Grant Application
  • Governor Proposes Two-Year Pay Freeze for State Employees
  • WASB Legislative Contact Network Needs YOU!
  • Share Local Best Practices for New Board Member Orientation
11/04/11 18
  • Education Bills Passed, Now Headed to the Governor
  • Senate Bill 22 Stalls; Not Taken Up by Full Senate
  • Concealed Carry Law Now In Effect
  • Record Number of Students Opt for Open Enrollment
  • State’s NAEP Scores Hold Steady
  • Homeowners' Lottery Credits to Rise
11/11/11 19
  • DPI Releases 'Framework for Educator Effectiveness' Report
  • School Referendum Results Mixed
  • WASDA Survey Shows Fewer Teachers, Student Options
  • Ohio Voters Reject Limits on Collective Bargaining
  • DPI Releases Environmental Education Plan
  • Democrat Billings Wins Special Assembly Race in La Crosse
  • MMAC Pushes Plan to Revamp Education in Milwaukee
  • JFC Releases Statewide Student Information System Funding
11/18/11 20
  • 'Double-dipping’ Bills Examined by Insurance Committee
  • School Property Taxes Decline One Percent Statewide
  • Voucher-Fix Bill Gets Committee Approval
  • Union Recertification Elections Begin
  • Congressional Super Committee Plods Along as Deadline Looms
12/02/11 21
  • Child Poverty in Wisconsin Jumps to 17 Percent
  • LFB Releases District-by-District Analysis of 2011-12 General School Aids
  • Governor to Sign SB 95, Mandate Relief and School Flexibility
  • Delegate Packets Mailed to Delegates and District Administrators
  • Find the Status of Legislation the WASB is Working On
  • ESEA Reauthorization Vote in U.S. Senate Not Likely Before Year’s End
12/09/11 22
  • Governor Signs SB 95, Mandate Relief and School Flexibility
  • Efforts to Correct Flaw in Senate Bill 95 Provision Underway
  • Union Recertification Election Results Released, 177 of 206 Education Employee
    Bargaining Units Recertified
  • DPI: Nearly 90 Percent of Districts Have 4K Program
  • Curious About Resolutions to be Debated at the Delegate Assembly
12/16/11 23
  • LAB Releases Report on Open Enrollment Transfer Amount
  • Trend: School Districts Continue To Underlevy
  • Half of Nation's Schools Fail to Make Grade in AYP
  • Wisconsin MIsses Out on Race to the Top Yet Again
  • State Supt. Evers to Carry Out Early Learning Agenda Anyway
  • USED Report Analyzes State Bullying Policies and Laws
  • TEDTalk Webinars Offered by GoLD
  • Governor’s Financial Literacy Council Makes Plans for Money Smart Week
01/06/12 24
  • Governor’s Reading Task Force Makes Recommendations
  • Bill Codifying Seclusion and Restraint Techniques Introduced
  • NCLB Turns Ten Years Old
  • Evers Urges Extension for WiscNet
  • 2012-13 Could be Tough Year for Schools
  • WEA Trust Asks Court Federal for Ruling on Payouts
  • TEDTalk Webinars Offered by GoLD
01/13/12 25
  • Action on Change to Teacher Non-Renewal Notification Date (SB 2) Set
  • Ashley Asks Assembly Leaders for Action on ‘Voucher Fix’ Bill
  • Governor Walker Creates Council to Prepare Students for College, Careers
  • House Unveils ESEA Reauthorization Proposals
  • Annual Quality Counts Rankings of State K-12 Education Released
  • New Election Law Changes Deadline for Setting School Referendums
01/27/12 26
  • Non-renewal Date, Open Enrollment Changes Signed by Governor
  • Comments on NCLB Waiver Draft Due to DPI Today
  • DPI Says NCLB Waiver Moves State in Right Direction
  • Voucher Expansion Reexamined: 37 Districts Face Possible Voucher Schools
  • Green Bay Reminds Governor, Local Legislators ‘A Deal is a Deal’
  • DPI Posts Model Indoor Environmental Quality Plan
  • Report: Investing in Children Pays Off
02/03/12 27
  • Non-renewal Date, Open Enrollment Changes Signed by Governor
  • Comments on NCLB Waiver Draft Due to DPI Today
  • DPI Says NCLB Waiver Moves State in Right Direction
  • Voucher Expansion Reexamined: 37 Districts Face Possible Voucher Schools
  • Green Bay Reminds Governor, Local Legislators ‘A Deal is a Deal’
  • DPI Posts Model Indoor Environmental Quality Plan
  • Report: Investing in Children Pays Off
02/10/12 28
  • State’s Financial Picture Worsens; Budget Repair Bill Looms
  • Senate, Assembly Ed. Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Education Reform Bills
  • Evers: Where’s the Accountability for Choice, Charter Schools?
  • Ten States Given NCLB Waivers
  • Unions Ask for Vow to Repeal Collective Bargaining Changes
  • MPS Wins Special-Needs Education Lawsuit
  • DPI: Wisconsin ‘Best in the Midwest’ on Advanced Placement Tests
02/17/12 29
  • Voucher Enrollment Increases Sharply Following Budget Act Changes
  • Still No Positive Movement on SB 174, Curbing Authomatic Voucher Expansion “Trigger”  
  • School Board Members Meet with Audit Bureau on WiscNet
  • Assembly Hearing Held on WiscNet Extension Bill
  • President Obama Unveils FY 2013 Budget Proposal
  • Education Secretary Duncan Announces Teacher Reform Plan
  • Four Assembly Lawmakers Announce Retirements
  • Assembly Minority Leadership Changes Announced
02/24/12 30
  • Badly Flawed Special Education Voucher Bills Put On Fast Track
  • Evers Sends ESEA Waiver Request to Feds; Includes Accountability Measures
  • School Referendum Results Mixed
  • Casey Foundation: Child Poverty Increases 53% in Wisconsin Since 2000
  • Congress Extends Federal Payroll Tax Cut
  • WASB GoLD Staff Offers TEDTalk Webinars on Leadership
03/02/12 31
  • Session End Brings Flurry of Activity, Last Chance to Pass Bills
  • Flawed Special Education Voucher Bill Gets Senate Hearing
  • WiscNet Bill Ready for Floor Debate, But Future Uncertain
  • Ashley Asks Again: Keep the Promise, Pass the Bill
  • House Committee Moves ESEA Reauthorization Bills Toward Floor Vote
03/09/12 32
  • Last Week of Session Brings Flurry of Activity on Education Bills
  • Flawed Special Education Voucher Bill To Get Vote By Full Assembly
  • Another Lawmaker Announces Retirement
03/16/12 33
  • Session’s End Brings Victories on WASB Lobbying Priorities
  • Voucher Expansion 'Fix' Bill Passes, Heads to Governor
  • Flawed Special Education Voucher Bill Fails; Senate Blocks Passage
  • Ashley Thanks Legislators, Take Some Time to do Likewise
  • Capsule Summaries of WASB-Backed Bills That Passed
  • Recall Elections Appear to be Set
  • Lawmaker’s Stunning Resignation a Huge Surprise
03/23/12 34
  • Wisconsin Leads Nation in HS Graduation Rate
  • State’s Child Poverty Increases Again
  • Five Wis. Districts Settle Over Failed Investments
  • Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan Unveils House GOP Blueprint for Federal Spending
  • Report: U.S. Education Woes Threaten National Security
  • Legislative Session Ends… Election Season Starts
  • More Lawmakers to Depart…While Others May, or May Not Be Departing
03/30/12 35
  • Federal Court Strikes Down Parts of Collective Bargaining Law (Act 10)
  • State Elections Officials Order Historic Recall Elections
  • WKCE Results Released: Math Scores Up; Voucher Schools Fare Worse Than Public Schools
  • WPRI: Early Childhood Ed. is 'Most Cost-Effective Economic Development'
  • DPI, DFI Announce $250,000 for Financial Literacy Grants
  • Another Lawmaker Calls it Quits
04/05/12 36
  • WERC Issues Rules Defining 'Total Base Wage'
  • Voters Provide Boards With Generally Positive News on School Referendums
  • WASB Sends Education Questionnaire to Recall Candidates
  • CDC Reports Incidence of Autism on Rise
  • More Lawmakers Announce Retirement Plans
  • Things to Watch For: Across-the Board Federal Education Cuts Loom
04/13/12 37
  • New Laws Affecting Education Signed Into Law
  • Wisconsin Likely to Seek Early Childhood Fed Money
  • Teen Birth Rate Lowest in U.S. History, Drops 16 Percent in WI
  • GAB Certifies Election Candidates for Governor, State Senate Recall Races
  •  Study: Scant Evidence That States’ Business Tax Breaks Bring Employment Dividends
  • Feds Change Special Ed. MOE Policy
04/20/12 38
  • Welcome New School Board Members!
  • Report: School Districts Employing 1,466 Fewer Teachers this School Year
  • School Libraries to Share $32.5 Million In Common School Fund Payments
  • Grant Funding Available to Help Schools Transition Students with Significant Disabilities from School to Employment
  • More Legislative Retirements Announced
  • Things to Watch For: Graduation Rates—New Federal Reporting Requirements Will Push Down Graduation Rates in Many States
04/27/12 39
  • Gov. Walker Touts $1 Billion in Savings from Act 10 Reforms
  • 30 Vouchers Still Available in Racine for 2012-13
  • Likely Legislative Council Special Study Committees Revealed
  • Things to Watch For:  Open Enrollment—Key Dates and Deadlines and Open Enrollment Transfer Payments
05/04/12 40
  • Next Year’s Open Enrollment Transfer Payments Projected to Shrink
  • Controversy Surrounds New Rule Defining Total Base Wages Under Act 10; School District
    Input Sought
  • Opportunity for Wis. Districts to Participate in NSBA Coordinated School Health Project
  • Recall Candidates Respond to WASB Questionnaire
  • State Tax Collections on Track
  • Another Legislative Retirement
05/11/12 41
  • Recall Races Set; Historic Election is June 5 (in 25 Days)
  • Legislative Council Approves Study on Enhancing Options for High School Students
  • DOA Chief: State Headed for Budget Surplus
  • Three Wisconsin Schools Receive USED ‘Green Ribbon’ Status
  • U.S. News ranks Milwaukee’s Rufus King as Top Wisconsin High School
  • Wisconsin’s NAEP Science Results Hold Steady in 2011
  • Lone School Referendum on Ballot Approved
  • Things to Watch For:  
    • Wisconsin Retirement System  Study
    • No Cost Bullying Prevention Program
05/18/12 42
  • Wisconsin HS Graduation Rates Up Slightly
  • DPI Offers Districts an Opportunity to Pilot New Educator Effectiveness System
  • DPI Responds to Federal Critique of No Child Left Behind Waiver Application
  • State’s Prospects for Early Learning RTTT Grant Encouraging
  • Lone School-Related Referendum on Ballot Approved
  • Things to Watch For:  
    One-Time Only Revenue Limit Relief, Adjustment Aid Available for 2012-13
05/25/12 43
  • WISTAX: 2.4 Percent Fewer Public School Teachers in 2011-12
  • CBO Report Says ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looms for U.S. Economy
  • Urban Growth for Ag Education, But Statewide Concerns on Filling Openings
  • Gov. Romney Promotes Vouchers in First Major Education Speech
  • Report Summarizes Need to Address Affordable Broadband Access for Schools
  • Things to Watch For:
    Coming Switch to WKCE Proficiency Cut Scores Based on NAEP is Likely to Make Schools’ & Students’
    Performance Look Weaker

    Boards Should Prepare to:
    • Help More of Your Students Reach Higher Standards
    • Educate Your Communities About the Changing Standard
05/31/12 44
  • Legislative Candidates Face New June 1 Deadline to File Papers
  • DPI Letter a 'Heads-Up' for Administrators on Federal Funding Cuts
  • New NCLB Waivers Granted--Many Tied to 'Race to the Top' States
  • Racine Voucher School’s Teachers Go Without Pay; Nothing DPI Can Do
06/07/12 45
  • Walker First Governor in U.S. History to Win Recall Election
  • Dems Capture Senate…for Now
  • Candidates Meet Filing Deadline for Fall 2012 Elections
  • Legislative Council Names Study Committee Members
  • Things to Watch For: School Accountability Report Cards are Coming
06/14/12 46
  • Recall Win May Boost Gov. Walker’s K-12 Clout
  • State, UW to Launch Dual-Enrollment Program
  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Acts on Federal Education Funding; Many Hurdles Await Proposed Increases
  • Report Explores Employment for High School Graduates 
  • Things to Watch For: How Will The Push for Financial Literacy Education Play Out?
 
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