The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society – Horace Mann
Thank you to everyone that reached out to their legislators last week to express your support and concerns regarding the final budget proposal and the Governor’s veto. In the end, we gained some good items but lost more than expected in the final document. The most concerning was the veto of the low revenue ceiling. This proposal would have helped many of our districts move closer to an even playing field with their neighbors. In conversations and publications, many of the Assembly members are not happy with this and other vetoes. We will continue to watch and talk with legislators to see if they plan to do anything to override some of these.
• Please be sure to take a few minutes and complete the membership survey that went out on Friday, September 8 with a deadline of September 29. Your feedback will be very helpful to WiRSA as we move forward.
• 1st Annual WiRSA Conference Auction – We are excited about our new initiative! We will be holding an auction during the Monday night reception at the WiRSA Conference. All proceeds will fund new scholarships for students who plan to major in Education. We feel this is a great way to encourage young people to enter the field of education and to help build our teaching ranks. For more details read the attached information sheet.
• WiRSA Conference Oct. 30-31, ‘Rural Schools – The Heart and Soul of Wisconsin.’ We again have strong General Session speakers including Dr. Katherine Cramer and Leroy Butler, along with 32 different break-out sessions to appeal to administrators, board members and teachers. Please join us at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. Please note the room block deadline has been extended to October 6th.
WiRSA Conference Brochure
Please review this request from Patrick Thomas from the MJS. Patrick is working with Erin Richards on an extensive story involving transient students in our schools. Patrick and Erin have both done positive articles on education and have reached out to our organization for input. If you would like to contribute, please read Patrick’s request and respond to him at the email address he has provided.
My name is Patrick and I am working on an extensive project for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding the issue of rural student homelessness, student mobility in rural areas and what’s going on to address it.
This is part of a much larger project from the Journal focusing on student transience, but most of that will highlight urban areas. I am specifically focusing on student homelessness in rural areas, with a goal of giving rural schools a voice in this.
If rural student homelessness is a problem or something you handle on a regular basis in your district, please contact Patrick Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your district’s story.
Legislative Update for the Week of Sept. 25
At this time there is nothing on the legislative calendar relating to education.
From the NREA
• CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE RURAL DOCTOR SHORTAGE By Edwin Leap, September 21, 2017
• Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants
These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Small grants average approximately $7,000 each. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of February, June, and October. Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle.
Director Events from Last Week
Sept. 18, Ed Issues Call
Sept. 19, Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
Sept. 21, Assembly Education Committee and State Supt. State of Education
Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Sept. 25, Conference call with UW Center for Rural Research
Sept. 25, Ed Issues conference call
Sept. 26, RCN online meeting
Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• WiRSA Scholarships
• 2017 WiRSA Conference – Oct. 30-31 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells
• ESEA Information and more here.
Have A Great Week!