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Good Afternoon,
If you are going to be at WASB this week, please drop by and say hi at the WiRSA Booth 736. In this edition, be sure to read the student improvement information from NREA and the IES article regarding K-12 Revenues and Expenditures.

Legislative Update for the Week of January 15
There is nothing impacting rural education scheduled for this week. I am keeping an eye on referendum bills SB 191 and SB 195, both authored by Senator Strobel and passed out of the committee he chaired 3-2 last week. There doesn’t appear to be much support for either bill in the Assembly or Senate, but we will continue to monitor.
SB 191 – 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.

SB 195 – Relating to school board referendums to exceed revenue limit applicable to a school district.

ESSA Update
The Department of Education was asked for one more item to be updated in our ESSA plan. As a result, DPI resubmitted the plan with the new information. It concerned additional detail around the math in Appendix E. You can access the newly resubmitted plan here.

Public Hearings Announced for Educator Licensing
The Department of Public Instruction will conduct five hearings in January on proposed changes to educator licensing rules (PI 34). In addition to the hearings, a public comment period is open until Jan. 31. The online comment form can be accessed here.
January 16, 4 to 6 p.m. — St. Norbert College, Mulva Library, Room 101, 400 Third Street, De Pere;
January 17, 2:30 to 4 p.m. — DPI Headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison;
January 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Milwaukee Public Schools, Auditorium, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee;
January 25, 3 to 5 p.m. — CESA 10, Conference Center, 725 West Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls; and
January 29, 4 to 6 p.m. — University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, 3212 Centennial Hall, La Crosse.

Please note that if you cannot attend one of the meetings, your written comments are considered the same as being present.

From the NREA
How Much Are Students Improving in your District – School improvement data and interactive charts

Interactive Map

Easy way to find your district(s)

Stanford Study

From IES
Revenues and Expenditures for Public K-12 Education Increase for Second Consecutive Year
Revenues and expenditures increased in public K-12 education for the second consecutive school year in 2014–15 (Fiscal Year 2015). Total revenues increased by 3.3 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 14 to FY 15, local revenues increased by 3.3 percent, state revenues increased by 3.7 percent, and federal revenues remained level with an increase of 0.2 percent, after adjusting for inflation.

The two years of spending increases reverse four consecutive years of expenditure declines from FY 09 to FY 13, after adjusting for inflation. Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education across the nation increased by 3.3 percent between FY 14 and FY 15, following on the heels of an increase of 1.7 percent the previous year.

Nationally, per pupil expenditures rose to $11,454 in FY 15, an increase of 2.8 percent from FY 14, after adjusting for inflation.

At the state level, current expenditures per pupil ranged from $6,751 in Utah to $20,744 in New York. In addition to New York, current expenditures per pupil were at least 40 percent higher than the national average in Washington, DC ($20,610), Alaska ($20,191), Connecticut ($19,020), New Jersey ($18,838), Vermont ($18,769), Massachusetts ($16,566), and Wyoming ($16,047).

Current expenditures per pupil increased by 3 percent or more in 12 states and by 1 to less than 3 percent in 23 states between FY 14 and FY 15. These increases were highest in Alaska (8.6 percent), California (7.3 percent), Texas (4.8 percent), Illinois (4.7 percent), and Maine (4.6 percent).

This First Look report presents state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2014-15. State education agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying territories provide the data to NCES. A report on district-level revenues and expenditures will be released later this year.

To view the full report, please visit site.

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.

Summer Science Camp 2018 Recruitment
The Morgridge Institute for Research has announced its 2018 dates for the Summer Science Camps for rural schools. This is a great opportunity to send a group of five students and one teacher from your school to this outstanding four-day event.

WiRSA has a great working relationship with the Camps and I encourage you to take a closer look at the attached information and send a team.

Director Events from Week of January 8
Jan. 8 – Ed. Issues Conference Call
Jan. 10 – WiRSA Board Meeting
Jan. 10 – Submitting written testimony on AB 729
Jan. 11 – Assembly Judiciary Committee meeting on AB 693 – Teacher Protection Bill
Jan. 11 – Meeting with Kurt Kiefer at DPI regarding White Space Technology
Jan. 12 – Deb Jordahl Connecting America

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Jan. 15 – Ed. Issues Conference Call
Jan. 16 – Public School Coalition Meeting
Jan. 16-19 – WASB Convention

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