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Good Morning,

I hope you all had a chance to get out and enjoy the early Spring weather this weekend. Congratulations to Mineral Point, Barneveld and Clayton for their great performances at the Girls State Basketball Tournament!  Also, congratulations to River Valley and Spring Valley-Elmwood on their performances at last week’s State Team Wrestling Tournament.

CESA 3 Administrator Posting: I want to thank Joe Price for his service to both CESA 3 and his support of WiRSA. Joe’s presence will be greatly missed. The CESA 3 search committee is looking for qualified candidates to fill this vacancy. Here is the link to the posting. The closing date is March 25th. 

WiRSA Facebook Contributions – I am asking for your help to make our Facebook Page more relevant. Please share exciting events and programs that are occurring in your schools. I will then post them on our Facebook page to better share and promote the great things that are happening in rural schools.

WPEN Projects and Events- WiRSA continues to enjoy a close relationship with Heather DuBois Bourenane and WPEN in support of Wisconsin Public Education. Below is a project that WPEN is currently working on; they are looking for groups willing to share success stories. The second event is in support of growing local grass-roots organizations.

1) Rural Schools matter! Video project: Videographer looking for people willing to share stories: Why do you value your public schools? How does your school serve as the hub or heart of your community? How have your local schools impacted your life and work? These short segments will be used to spread a positive message about the value of supporting public schools. If anyone is willing to share their story, please get in touch with me kimkaukl@wirsa.org or Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org

2) Want to create more local-level support for your schools but don’t know how to get started or need fresh ideas to energize your community? The Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project is holding leadership training sessions that help provide practical tools for creating local-level action with state-level impact. The Wisconsin Public Education Network is organizing teams of education advocates to attend these trainings. The next one will be May 12-14 in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.

SPEAK YOUR PIECE: AS ECONOMY RECOVERS, COLLEGE FINANCES WORSEN, by Stephen G. Katsinas

New Spring Into the Outdoors Materials and Resources

 Events from this Past Week: 

  • March 7: Educational Issues Weekly Conference Call
  • March 7: Attended Medford Area Boards of Education Legislative Meeting
  • March 8: Participated in local Crime and Punishment discussion
  • March 8: Senate Education Committee Hearing:

              Executive Session: 

               AB 734 (Career/Workforce Pilot)

              AB 722 (School Acc. Reporting)

              AB 824 (Sparsity Aid)

  • March 11: Midwest REL Interview

 Events for the Upcoming Week:

  • March 14 – Educational Issues Weekly Conference Call
  • March 15 – Midwest REL Conference Call
  • March 16 – Non-Partisan Redistricting Meeting
  • March 18 – WPEN Meeting in Madison

Have a great week.