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

Good Morning,
This will be the last Weekly Update for the summer. Beginning next week I will keep you posted with legislative updates and conference information when needed. The Weekly Update will return in late August. Have a great summer.

June 23rd Deadline for Conference Proposal Reminder
The WiRSA Planning Committee is seeking proposals for sessions that share best practices, solutions and research in and outside our rural classrooms. We encourage you to share the great programs you are providing. Examples include teacher professional development, early literacy, innovative classroom practices, collaborative efforts within a school or with other schools and the use of technology.
Complete this form to submit a proposal.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings
June 13AB 383 Relating to parental choice programs, the Special Needs Scholarship Program, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation will be heard by the Assembly Education Committee.

June 15 – Three bills impacting referendums will be heard:
AB 282 Relating to: consideration of resolution to issue bond by common and union high school districts and prohibiting voting on a resolution to exceed the revenue limit of a school district at a special meeting.

AB 268 Relating to school board referendums to exceed revenue limit applicable to a school district.

AB 269 Relating to scheduling of school district referendums to exceed revenue limits.

AB 329 Relating to prohibiting aiding and abetting sexual abuse.

AB 77 Relating to state aid payments to school districts.

At this printing no JFC was scheduled for this week. There still is no word on when Education will be heard.

Director Events from Last Week
June 5, Ed Issues Call
June 6, Meeting with Fred Yeo
June 7, Assembly Committee on Gov’t Accountability and Oversight
June 8, Conference call WiRSA Executive Committee
June 8, Battelle for Kids Conference Call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 12, Ed Issues Call
June 14, State FFA Conference
June 14, Meeting with representative from Edgewood College
June 15, Assembly Education Committee Meeting

Rural School Awards
The WiRSA Rural Awards are a great way to recognize the great people you have in your district for the outstanding things that they do for your school district and rural education. Now is a great time to start thinking about nominees for the 2017 WiRSA Rural Awards. Deadline is Sept. 15th. Click here for more information.

2017 WiRSA Conference: “Rural Schools– The Heart and Soul of Wisconsin”
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells.

NREA 2017 Conference Registration is Open!
For most rural school districts in this country, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues. We believe in the power of collaboration to help advance equity, economic growth, and educational change for rural students and communities across the country.

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association will host the 2017 National Forum to Advance Rural Education. This year’s event theme is Growing Success, which will focus on connecting education and work, strengthening the profession, and supporting the whole child.

This event brings hundreds of rural education leaders and practitioners together to learn, network, and collaborate on the topics at the forefront of rural education. Register by June 30, 2017 to receive the early bird discount!

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders

 Have A Great Week!