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Good Morning,
In this addition please pay close attention to the scholarship information, the information on the upcoming Webinar being offered by Mineral Point and the Teacher Protection Bill.

Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships – Please remind your counselors to check out the WiRSA website for the WiRSA scholarships, including the new education scholarships.
Applications are due by close of business on Thursday, February 15.

Free Communications Webinar
The Mineral Point School District will be offering a Communications Webinar at 11:00 am on Wednesday 12/6. The Webinar will focus on how having a person dedicated to communication in your school district can transform life as you know it. Mineral Point is living proof that positions like these can thrive in any school, no matter the size. Webinar

Legislative Update for the Week of December 4
There is nothing scheduled at this time that pertains to education.

Teacher Protection Bill Introduced

Assembly Bill 693, was introduced in the Assembly by Education Committee Chairman Jeremy Thiesfeldt and referred to the Judiciary Committee for a possible hearing. No Senate companion bill was introduced and there are no state Senators signed on to the bill as cosponsors.

WiRSA and other groups were asked for input on this bill, but WiRSA is opposed to this bill as drafted because it takes away from needed administrative structure, leaves out some key pieces that would make this workable for all parties involved and may infringe on students and parent’s rights and will add more mandates for reporting.

Here are some of the requirements:

Reporting Mandates

This bill requires law enforcement to report to the school district when a pupil who is enrolled in the school is taken into custody relating to a felony or violent misdemeanor. Law enforcement must provide this information within 24 hours after determining the school the pupil attends. The bill also requires the school board to notify a teacher who is working directly with a pupil who is the subject of such a record as soon as practicable and, if possible, prior to the pupil attending the teacher’s class.

The bill also requires the school district to notify law enforcement within 24 hours after learning of a physical assault or violent crime towards a person by a pupil that takes place at school or at a school-sponsored activity if requested by a witness to or adult victim of the incident.

Teacher “Bill of Rights”

This bill creates and modifies certain rights and protections for teachers and requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to include on its website a summary of the laws governing these rights and protections for public school teachers.

  1. The right of a teacher to remove a pupil from a classroom under certain circumstances for a period of two consecutive days.
  2. The right of a teacher to receive information from a school board about a pupil who was taken into custody based upon a law enforcement officer’s belief that the pupil was committing or had committed a felony or violent misdemeanor.
  3. The right of a teacher to use reasonable and necessary force under certain circumstances.
  4. The right of a teacher to request a school board to schedule a suspension hearing when that teacher has requested that a pupil be suspended and the administrator of the school has denied the request. Under current law, no hearing is required to suspend a pupil.
  5. The right of a school district employee or teacher to receive assistance and leave benefits if the teacher is injured as a result of a physical assault or violent crime while performing work duties.
  6. The right of a teacher to terminate his or her contract without penalty if the teacher is a victim of a physical assault or violent crime while performing work duties.
  7. Civil immunity provided to a teacher under state and federal laws for certain discretionary acts.
  8. The right of a teacher to review, upon request, the behavioral records of a pupil enrolled in the teacher’s class.

Records Retention Mandates

The bill requires each school board and independent charter school to maintain pupil behavioral records until the pupil has graduated from high school. If the pupil is no longer enrolled in a school in the school district and if the school district has not received a request to transfer the pupil’s records to another school, the school district must retain the records until the pupil attains the age of 21. Current law prohibits a school board from maintaining pupil behavioral records for more than one year after the pupil ceases to be enrolled in the school.

State Report Cards

The bill also requires DPI to include additional information about suspensions and expulsions in the school district report it creates for each school district, including the number of physical assaults by pupils on teachers and other school district employees, on other pupils, and on adults not employed by the school district.

GAO report sounds alarm about vouchers and students with disabilities.
Across the country, thousands of children attend private schools through publicly funded voucher programs and education savings accounts, with states giving money directly to parents to spend at a school of their choice.

But parents sacrifice legal safeguards if their child with a disability attends a private school through these programs, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office. Protections that require public schools to provide speech therapy, tutoring and specialized education plans do not apply to private schools. Read the full story.

From NREA
Leveraging Federal Policy to Strengthen Rural CTE
New Resource from Advance CTE Identifies Key Leverage Points

Report: Rural schools outpace urban, suburban peers in access to technology
Data on school characteristics can help drive policies that improve student outcomes, researchers say.

Report By Richard W. Walker

‘Precious Little Evidence’ That Vouchers Improve Achievement, recent research finds.

From IES
Webinar: Supporting STEM in Rural Schools and Districts
Join Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest for a free webinar on school- and district-level supports for rural schools to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Due to geographic, logistical, and financial barriers, rural students do not always have the same opportunities to explore STEM as urban and suburban students. During the webinar, presenters will discuss STEM networks, which comprise one support for rural schools looking to capitalize on local connections. In addition to helping schools work with industry partners, STEM networks also connect schools and districts to discuss problems of practice.

Supporting STEM in Rural Schools and Districts
December 13, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m. CT
Register here

Director Events from Last Week
Nov. 27, Ed Issues Weekly Conference Call
Nov. 28, Rural Collaborative Network Meeting
Dec. 1, FAST Symposium

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Dec. 4, Ed Issues Weekly Conference Call

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants
ESEA Information.
DPI Budget Summary
Licensure Webinar
2018 WiRSA Conference, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells

Have a Great Week!