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

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In this edition: • WiRSA Conference call for proposals reminder
• CESA 3/WiRSA Summer Leadership Summit
• National Dept. of Education Update
• IES ESSA Webinar

WiRSA Conference Call for Proposals – Deadline June 22nd
The WiRSA Conference Planning Committee is looking for proposals sharing the great programs/solutions that are occurring in our rural school districts. The conference theme is Rural Schools Matter.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following link.

Proposals are due June 22. District proposals will receive top priority, followed by district/vendor proposals and vendor alone proposals.

CESA 3 and WiRSA Leadership in Rural Schools Summit
You are invited to register for the CESA 3 and WiRSA LEADERSHIP IN RURAL SCHOOLS SUMMIT, scheduled for July 23 and 24 at the Riverside Resort in Spring Green. Linked here, please find the flyer, the program at-a glance listing topics and speakers, and the registration link. It’s shaping up to be a great event!

WiRSA “Rural Schools Matter” Conference Save the Date
The 2018 WiRSA Conference will be held again this year at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells October 29-30. Registration will open in July – watch for more details.

WiRSA Rural Awards
WiRSA is now taking applications for the 2018 WiRSA Rural Awards. The WiRSA Rural Awards are a way to recognize the great people you have in your district and community for the outstanding things that they do for your school and rural education. The deadline for nominations is September 14.
Click here for more information.

2018-19 WiRSA Membership Invoices in July
Please note that due to a software change over at CESA 5, membership renewal invoices will be mailed out in early July instead of June this year. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this delay, please feel free to contact me.

Legislative Update for the Week of June 11
There is nothing scheduled for this week.

At the National Level

FY 2019 appropriations – Lots of logistical news to report.

Education Secretary DeVos testified on the Department’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request before the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The Secretary’s support for the Administration’s budget did not break any new ground, and in general, Senators highlighted programs that they support but that the President’s budget cuts.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell canceled three of the Senate’s four weeks of August recess to provide more time for considering nominations and appropriations bills. Even with the extra days of session it is unlikely that Congress will complete action on all 12 appropriations bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, so Congress will likely still need to enact a short-term continuing resolution for some or all the funding bills this fall.

• The House plans to start debate on a package of three FY 2019 appropriations bills, with 39 amendments already approved to be offered. The House Appropriations Committee will vote on the Interior funding bill, and the Defense Subcommittee will mark up the defense bill, leaving only three of the 12 government funding bills not yet started in the House – the Labor-HHS-Education, Homeland Security, and State-Foreign Operations bills.

Administration’s rescission package – The Administration slightly revised its proposed rescissions package, reducing the total requested size of the request by about $500 million, to a total of $14.8 billion (note that this total reflects the amount of budget authority to be rescinded, but the actual spending or outlays that would be rescinded would be much, much less because most of the authorized spending will not occur so canceling it does not result in budgetary savings). The Administration withdrew its request to rescind funding for four accounts: two that funded emergency response to the Ebola virus, some highway funding, and some environmental protection funding. It leaves in place the large rescission of unspent Children’s Health Insurance Program funding. The House may vote on the rescission package later this week.

Senate HELP Committee to move on Perkins CTE reauthorization – BGOV reports that the Senate HELP Committee will mark up the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Committee on June 20. Committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) stated his goal to have a bipartisan compromise, but he and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) have not yet ironed out differences that have stalled progress for several years. Last summer the House by voice vote passed legislation (HR 2353) to reauthorize the law, but Chairman Alexander has objected to specific aspects, including how much authority the Secretary of Education would have to oversee the program.

From the NREA
Report: Rural Poverty In America Is ‘An Emergency’
What rural America needs to succeed in the digital economy

From IES
REL Webinar: Strategies to Support Evidence Use in Education
With the goal of increasing student achievement, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires
schools to identify and incorporate evidence-based practices to receive federal funding. However, education practitioners may be limited in applying research due to several factors, including time constraints, policies and legislative requirements, and the need for easily understandable research findings.

This webinar will highlight strategies that researchers can use to support evidence use by state and local education agency staff.

Strategies to Support Evidence Use in Education
June 19, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. CT
Register here

Director Events from Last Week
June 4 – Conference call with Dave Anderson (WIAA) on member concerns
June 4 – Blue Ribbon Commission on Funding Hearing in Madison
June 7 – Connecting America conference call.
June 9 – League of Women Voters Presentation

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 11 – Ed Issues call
June 13 – NREAC Monthly Legislative Update

WiRSA – WREA Job Connection Reminder
WREA and WiRSA have joined forces to connect school districts with hard to fill partial positions and long-term substitute positions with retired educators looking to get back into the workforce part time to share their knowledge and love of education with the students of rural Wisconsin. website

District Administrators and or HR personnel can complete the form below to post a partial position or long-term substitute position for posting on the WREA website. There is no cost for the posting, this is a service of WREA and WiRSA.

Please send or email completed form to Diane Wilcenski, WREA Executive Director, 6405 Century Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 or email Diane at dwilcenski@wrea.net. WREA and WiRSA Job Connection Fillable Form

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Rural Awards – Click here for more information
ESEA Information
Licensure Webinar
NREA Conference in Denver, Colorado– October 11-13
2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.

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