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DPI Releases COVID-19 Flexibility Framework, District Flexibility Applications

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released its new COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibility Framework this morning (Friday 8/7) via a letter from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor posted to the District Administrators’ chronological email webpage.

The framework consists of two parts: a COVID-19 flexibility application form and a series of policy provisions on key topics to address districts’ flexibility needs.

The policy provisions begin with the information attached to the State Superintendent’s letter, and cover topics such as pupil count dates, transportation, licensure, school nutrition, and the school day milk program. (more…)

Legislative Council Early Literacy Symposia Series starts Wednesday

In an earlier blog post, we reported on a different approach the Legislative Council is taking to its traditional interim period activities.  Scrapped, for this year only, is the traditional study committee approach. In its place will be a series of virtual symposium sessions on selected topics.

The first of these will be a virtual Early Literacy Symposia Series that will take place over the course of several Wednesdays in the month of August and the first week in September. All of the virtual presentations will begin at 2 pm, starting this Wednesday (8/5). 

Scheduled sessions include the following: (more…)

Governor Evers issues mandatory statewide face coverings order

Governor Evers issues mandatory statewide face coverings order

Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020.

A spokesperson for the governor confirmed to the WASB that the order requiring face coverings is intended to apply to schools.

Further, the Governor’s order supercedes any less restrictive local orders that may already be in place.

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Gov. Evers announces 155 schools eligible for $46.6 million in federal CARES Act grants

Gov. Evers announces 155 schools eligible for $46.6 million in federal CARES Act grants

From the governor’s office: Gov. Evers today announced that 155 local education agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for the $46.6 million provided to Wisconsin through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The announcement comes as last month the governor announced more than $80 million in financial assistance for K-12 schools and higher education.

A map of most impacted school districts is available here. A list of eligible GEER funding for school districts, independent charters, and tribal schools is available here. (more…)

Governor Evers issues mandatory statewide face coverings order

Senate committee to hold hearing on virtual schools Thursday, July 23

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection, chaired by state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), is holding an informational hearing on virtual schools this Thursday, July 23 at 10 AM at the State Capitol.

Informational hearings are used by legislators to learn about a given topic by hearing from stakeholders. Testifying is by invitation only and the WASB was one of the groups asked to identify speakers.

The following is from the hearing notice: (more…)

1,000 year ban on energy efficiency revenue limit exemption upheld by Supreme Court

1,000 year ban on energy efficiency revenue limit exemption upheld by Supreme Court

Former Gov. Scott Walker’s veto in the 2017-19 state budget that changed a one year moratorium of the school district energy efficiency revenue limit exemption to a 1,000 year moratorium was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Essentially, the Court said the challenge to the veto was brought too late rather than ruling on the constitutionality of the veto itself.  See the full decision here.

In a separate decision, the Court struck down three partial vetoes by Gov. Evers in the 2019-21 state budget including one that eliminated a grant program for school buses, replacing it with funding for electric vehicle charging stations and to replace municipal buses.