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 June 22 reminder
• National Dept. of Education Update
• NREA and IES Articles

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.

District proposals will receive top priority, followed by district/vendor proposals and vendor alone proposals.

2018-19 WiRSA Membership Invoices in July

Please note that due to a software changeover 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.

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 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 here

Legislative Update for the Week of June 18
There is nothing scheduled at the state level for this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
FY 2019 House Labor-HHS-Education funding bill released last Thursday

Overall funding – The House Appropriations Committee released the legislative text and a summary of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill that the Subcommittee will mark up on Friday. The bill increases funding for the Department of Education very slightly (by 0.1%), and the bill’s total allocation was not cut to offset extra funding included in the appropriations package the House passed last week. The bill increases funding for the Department of Education by $43 million over the FY 2018 level, to a total of $70.9 billion.

• The legislative text specifies only one programmatic cut, although there may be more. The bill cuts school safety national activities by $47 million (52%) to a total of $43 million, of which $5 million is reserved for Project SERV.

• The bill prohibits the Department of Education from reorganizing or cutting its Budget Service, as did the FY 2018 appropriations bill (text is on page 125).

Where to find the legislative text and the Majority’s press release – Materials are at the following links:
o Legislative text
o Press release – Includes totals for some programs and accounts.

• Programs that we know receive increases:

o Impact Aid – total of $1.47 billion, up $52 million over the FY 2018 level. The President’s FY 2019 budget cuts funding to $1.3 billion.
o Title IV-A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants) – total of $1.2 billion, up $100 million. The President’s budget eliminates this program.
o Charter schools – total of $450 million, up $50 million. The President’s budget provides $500 million.
o Special Education Part B Grants to States – total of $12.3 billion, up $50 million (0.4%). The President’s budget provides $12.0 billion.
o TRIO programs – total of $1.1 billion, up $50 million (5.0%). The President’s budget provides $950 million.
o GEAR UP – total of $360 million, up $10 million. The President’s budget eliminates GEAR UP.
o Combination of career and technical education and adult education – total of $1.9 billion, up $115 million (the programs are not listed separately so it’s not clear how the increase is distributed). The President’s budget provides $1.6 billion for the two programs.
o Head Start (in HHS) – total of $9.9 billion, up $50 million (0.5%). The President’s budget provides $9.3 billion.

• Programs that we know are frozen at the FY 2018 level:

o Title I grants – all Title I programs are at a total of $16.4 billion.
o All school improvement programs except for Title IV-A, which includes 21st century community learning centers and rural education.
o Promise neighborhoods – at $78 million.
o Full service community schools – at $18 million.
o Indian education – at $180 million.
o English language acquisition – at $737 million.
o Institute of Education Sciences – at $613 million.
o Student aid administration – at $1.7 billion.
o Office for civil rights – at $117 million.
o Child care and development block grant (in HHS) – at $5.2 billion.

From the NREA
Article – The 3 Rural Americas
New Federal Money for School Safety – Apply by July 23!

From IES
New report examines students’ views of mathematics, reading, and science at grades 4, 8, and 12 using survey data from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Director Events from Last Week
June 11 – Ed Issues call
June 13 – NREAC Monthly Legislative Update
June 15 – Meeting with Apple Education

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 18 – Health Tide Meeting
June 19 – Wisconsin Green Schools Network Meeting
June 20 – Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools Meeting

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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