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

Good Afternoon,
Just a strong reminder to talk to your legislators regarding the negative impact the JFC plan to use the base budget model could have on K-12 education. This could wipe out the K-12 funding increases, rural package, and mental health money proposed by the Governor.

Base budgeting means the JFC basically goes back to $0 in all areas (essentially current law) and allocates the money as they see fit, rather than following the Governor’s proposal. In plain terms – Working off the base budget means going from $650 million more for schools down to zero additional dollars with no targeted money for rural schools. Therefore, it is vital to talk to your legislators and members of the JFC on the importance of following the Governors recommendation and the concerns you have with the base budget approach. This could be very devastating to our public schools.

Now is the time to act and this may be our last chance to tip the balance on this issue. Please contact your legislators and urge them to follow the Governor’s proposal for education.

Link to DPI Governors Budget
Here is a link to the DPI’s Summary of the Governor’s Budget.

Special Notice
DPI VISTA Homeless Project Coordinator
DPI is looking for someone who works well independently. You will update resource guides based off of conducting needs assessments and asset maps of your surrounding communities. You will build upon/create relationships with homeless liaisons in the surrounding districts to create and share best practices by coordinating meetings and/or trainings at your CESA. You will be in charge of meeting with community organizations and schools to help coordinate services to students who are homeless. You will also work with a school district to start a mentoring program for homeless students to support them academically- this will include recruiting and training volunteer mentors. Currently we have open positions at CESA 2 in Whitewater and CESA 4 in West Salem starting July 29th, and open positions at CESA 8 in Gillett, CESA 5 in Portage, and CESA 10 in Chippewa Falls starting August 12th.

To Apply, send your resume with your preferred site to

Upcoming Legislative Hearings

March 27JFC Executive Session – 412 East at 1:30

March 28-30JFC Public Briefings on various State Departments – 412 East at 9:00 am each day – No Public Testimony will be taken.

Dates and Locations for Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings

April 3 – Platteville at UW-Platteville                                                  April 5 – Milwaukee at State Fair Park

April 7 – Berlin at Berlin HS                                                                 April 8 – Spooner at Spooner HS

April 19 – Ellsworth at Ellsworth HS                                                   April 21 Marinette at Marinette HS

Links to Here and Now Story featuring Adams-Friendship and Capital Sunday Interview
Here and Now

Capital Sunday

Evers announces redesigned Business Friends of Education program
A program to recognize businesses that support their local public schools and students is getting a fresh start today as the State Superintendent’s Business Friends of Education. Any Wisconsin business or business-related organization or nonprofit group that is fostering good relationships with their local public schools can submit an application to join the State Superintendent’s Business Friends of Education.

Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website. (Text)

Lawmakers offer to pay per-pupil bonus if Indiana schools consolidate


Study Finds that English Learner Students May Benefit from Differentiated Early Warning Indicators

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest examined the accuracy of early warning indicators used by six Seattle-area school districts to identify students at risk of not graduating from high school. The indicators did not accurately identify many students who dropped out, especially newcomer English learner students (those who first entered a Washington state school in grades 7-9 and were still classified as English learners in grade 9).

The study also found notable differences in graduation and dropout rates among groups of English learner students. For example, relative to long-term proficient English learner students (students who were reclassified by grade 6), newcomer English learner students’ four-year graduation rates were 33.8 percentage points lower and their dropout rates were 5.8 percentage points higher.

The findings may help these districts better understand which students are most at risk for not graduating and, therefore, may need additional supports or alternative forms of monitoring. Other states and districts may want to examine the accuracy of their own indicators for different student populations. If early warning indicators are weaker for a specific subgroup of English learner students, then teachers, counselors, and others may want to monitor the needs of that group in other ways.

Read the report

Director Events from Last Week
March 20, Ed. Issues Conference Call
March 22, Voucher Webinar
March 22, Interview for Capital Sunday on Referendums
March 23, Assembly Education Hearing
March 24, Interviews on PBS Here and Now and WKOW Capital City Sunday

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
March 27, Ed. Issues Conference Call
March 28, State Superintendent Debate at Marquette Law
March 30, Meeting with Assembly Ed. Chair Thiesfeldt regarding Whole Grade Sharing Incentive
March 31, ESSA Update

NREA Essay Contest
The NREA had an Essay Contest for students in grade 3-12, with division groups 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. The submission deadline is April 15. For more information go to the NREA website.

Presidential Teaching Award Seeks Nominations
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The 2016-2017 nomination and application period for 7-12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers is currently open.
Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science

and Technology Policy. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from NSF.

Please consider nominating a talented science or mathematics teacher using the PAEMST website today. If you are interested in applying yourself, you can begin an application here. The 2016-2017 nomination deadline is April 1, 2017, and the application deadline is May 1, 2017.
Should you have any questions about the program or the nomination process, please contact or 855-723-6780.

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. See attached 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
2017 AHEC Summer Health Camps

Have A Great Week!