Legislative Agenda

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Advocacy Agenda

What is Best for Children in Rural Wisconsin?

Giving students the tools for success:

  • Maintaining high standards and providing access to a robust curriculum
  • Continuing support for research-based educational best practices
  • Guaranteeing high-quality educators
  • Adequately and equitably financing a uniform P-16 system across Wisconsin
  • Transitioning to college and career

Guaranteeing educators:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Appropriate licensure flexibility options
  • Mentoring for new educators and
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Recruiting and retaining high-quality educators

Guaranteeing leaders:

  • Innovative leadership models to sustain rural schools

Utilizing Technology:

  • Implement technology standards for schools
  • Provide funding to erase gaps in school technology infrastructure and broadband access
  • Provide low-cost access to integrated personalized learning resources i.e. digital curriculum, integrated software, learning repositories
  • Ensure quality distance learning opportunities
  • Promote and support online and blended delivery models

Unfunded mandates:

  • Repeal unnecessary mandates
  • Secure funding or provide flexibility to support newly mandated goals, programs or activities
  • Match state rules and regulations with federal rules and regulations
  • Create an accountability system that is reflective of the uniqueness of small, rural districts

Education flexibility:

  • Allow school districts to establish a flexible learning year including hours, days and calendars without restrictions
  • Allow school districts flexibility to establish creative partnerships to deliver instruction

Investing in Education:

  • A stable state funding stream that is indexed to inflation to eliminate reliance on operating referendums
  • Full funding of the state’s special education formulas
  • Direct state funding for court-mandated placements
  • Funding formula that addresses property tax payers’ issues throughout the state
  • Funding formula that addresses high-poverty levels in rural districts
  • Increased threshold for districts to qualify for sparsity aid
  • Adequate support to remove disparity of transportation costs for rural districts
  • Differentiated funding sources for rural schools with declining enrollment
  • Adequate funding to maintain the high quality of education in rural schools

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