Signed into Law
Senate Bill 373, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 89: Requires the Department of Public Instruction to create an online portal, available beginning in the 2023-24 school year, that displays financial data collected from all school districts, county children with disabilities education boards, and independent charter schools; and
Aimed at fostering financial transparency, this new law creates an 11-person advisory committee to develop and report a set of recommendations to the department by Feb. 1, 2023, including recommendations on the categories of information that will be accessible to the public through the portal and the resources necessary to implement and maintain the portal. (more…)
The newest Marquette University Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin and it included an array of questions on various election-related matters and other issues. Along with the strong support for an elected, rather than governor-appointed, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the poll showed satisfaction with public schools overall; however, satisfaction dropped between August 2021 and late October 2021.
Prof. Franklin will take a deeper look into these numbers next Friday (11/12) at noon during our Legislative Conference webinar series. This poll also tackled concerns about student learning and mental health related to the pandemic as well as masks in schools: (more…)
Senate Bill 454, a massive overhaul of the reading readiness program, including new state mandates relating to screening, assessments, interventions, parental notifications and reporting requirements, has passed both houses of the state Legislature this week and now heads to Governor Evers to either be signed into law or vetoed. (more…)
The U.S. Departments of Education and Treasury will jointly hold a two-part webinar series entitled “Using American Rescue Plan Funds and Other Federal Supports to Address State and Local Teacher and School Staff Labor Shortages” on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 28 from 3-4 p.m. (Central Time).
The Oct. 27 webinar (Webinar 1) will focus on teacher and substitute teacher shortages. (more…)
The DPI today released statewide testing results showing the significant impact the pandemic and school closures had on test participation and proficiency rates. The results are from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams administered to students in spring 2021 and followed standard in-person test taking procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)
From the DPI…
October 20 Webinar: The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) COVID-19 Recovery and Response Team (CRRT) invite you to a joint webinar for local public health and school stakeholders on Wednesday, October 20, from 4:00–5:00 p.m. (more…)