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The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society – Horace Mann

Good Morning,
Last week was a busy week with Governor Walker’s announcement of his plans for rural schools. Many of the proposals he made were like the request we had made in our budget hearing back in October. This move was a step in the right direction and will help additional rural districts. We still have work that needs to be done to help all rural schools. It was nice to see the second tier for Sparsity Aid for enrollments up to 1000, but we had hoped for enrollment levels of 1500 to encompass many more schools. We had also requested a second tier for high transportation to include districts with a 125%-149% threshold. The Technology dollars and Flex option to help get additional teachers in the pipeline can be helpful. Hopefully, on Wednesday, we will continue to see a positive trend when the Governor rolls out the entire budget. Watch the Budget Announcement live on Wednesday at 4:00 on Wisconsin Eye.

New Associate Member Diane Wilcenski and WREA. We look forward to working with you.

2016-17 WiRSA Scholarship Deadline is February 15
Be sure to inform your Guidance Departments about the 2016-17 WiRSA Student Scholarships. Each member district can submit one student for consideration for the five $500 scholarships given, one for each of the four regions plus one at large. WiRSA Website

Reminder UW System Math Placement Survey
UW System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs is asking for our feedback on the Early Math Placement Test (EMPT). Please complete the survey sent out the week of January 30 by Monday, August 6.

Urban and Rural Working Together
Ben Niehaus at Florence and George Karling at Three Lakes hosted several Urban administrators and legislators last week to share the great things happening in rural schools – Great Job. View Presentation

More on the Governors Upcoming Budget Announcement
This is from the Sunday, February 5 Wisconsin State Journal

Director Events from Last Week
Jan. 30, Ed. Issues Conference Call
Jan. 31, Meeting with Scenic Rivers AHEC on possible health apprenticeships
Feb. 1, Legislative Council Hearing
Feb. 2, CESA 2 PAC Meeting
Feb. 2, WPEN Panel with Dr. Kathy Cramer
Feb. 3, Battelle for Kids Capture Strategy Work Group
Feb. 3, Capital City Sunday Interview
Feb. 3, ESSA Updates Conference Call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Feb. 6, Interviews on WPR Joy Cardine Show and WPR Rich Kraemer Show
Feb. 6, Education Academy Conference Call
Feb. 6, Ed. Issues Conference Call
Feb. 7, Meeting with Tomah HS Staff and School Board
Feb. 8, Education Academy
Feb. 8, Governor’s Budget Address
Feb. 9, Assembly Education Committee
Feb. 9, Battelle for Kids Rural Collaborative Conference Call

2017 WiRSA Conference Save the Date
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. Please note the date and location change for this year. Visit WiRSA website for room information and discounts. A request for presenters will be coming out in the Spring.

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 WiRSA Rural Awards
2017 WiRSA Conference save the date – Oct. 30-31 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells.
School Funding Reform for Wisconsin
ESEA Information and more here.
ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint – This information is also available off the ESEA web page on the DPI site.
Into the Outdoors – Free Classroom Resources
Meemic Foundation Grants for Teachers

Have A Great Week!