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:
• Nominate someone for the WiRSA Rural Awards
• National Dept. of Education Update
• Rural Economy Report

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 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!

Legislative Update for the Week of June 25
Nothing is scheduled at the state level for this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations mark-up postponed until next week – The House Appropriations Committee has postponed tomorrow’s planned mark-up of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education bill. We’ve heard the mark-up will occur on June 26, but it is not yet officially scheduled.

House Budget Committee markup on Wednesday and Thursday – The House Budget Committee will mark up a FY 2019 budget resolution starting tomorrow at 12:30pm and continuing on Thursday at 9:00am.
Appropriations in the Senate – The Senate is set to start debating a three-bill FY 2019 appropriations package today. The bills are the same as the three that the House passed earlier this month: Energy and Water, Military Construction-VA, and Legislation Branch. In addition, it’s possible that the Senate will take up the Administration’s rescission proposal
this week. The Senate has until the end of this week to consider the proposal; if the bill is not enacted by the end of the week, the rescission proposal expires.

Senate HELP Committee to markup Perkins CTE reauthorization on Tuesday – The Senate HELP Committee has rescheduled a mark-up of a bill to reauthorize the Perkins CTE law for Tuesday, June 26, at 2:30 in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. It is not clear yet what bill the Committee will consider – Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) have been trying to produce a bipartisan proposal, but the Chairman said he would go forward with a bill of his own if the negotiations were not successful. The Committee meeting will also include marking up other bills and considering nominations.

Administration’s rescission bill fails to advance in the Senate – The Senate will not consider the Administration’s proposal to rescind about $15 billion in funding; yesterday the Senate failed to get the necessary votes to bring the proposal to the floor. The 45-day time limit for Congress to consider the rescission package expires this week, so this proposal has no future. The Administration had originally announced its intention to send Congress a series of rescission packages, but that seems less likely now that Congress did not approve one that might be considered less controversial because it did not rescind any funding that Congress had just provided for the current fiscal year under the newly negotiated discretionary caps.

Rural Economy Report
The Joint Economic Committee Democrats, released an extensive new report today that examines the current state of the rural economy. The report offers a roadmap about how we should be Investing in Rural America. The report looks at several aspects of the rural economy including family financial security, education, infrastructure, clean energy and public lands, housing, health care, and agriculture.

9th Annual Wisconsin Green Schools Network’s No Teacher Left Inside (NTLI) Summer Institute
NTLI will be held July 23-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Milwaukee. This year’s theme, applicable to both urban and rural settings, is “Connect, Explore, and Engage in Place-based Learning: Water in our Communities.”

NTLI is a three-day institute where teachers from across the state of Wisconsin gather to examine ways to use natural and cultural communities as the context for student learning, build community partnerships, and network with professionals from across the state. NTLI participants–school teams are encouraged to attend together–will explore local environmental features and organizations such as the Milwaukee River, Urban Ecology Center, Walnut Way, and Alice’s Garden. Curriculum, instruction, and assessment workshops, along with Project Wet training, will also be offered as elective activities. The new Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability will provide the basis for these workshops. Time will be given for participants to develop their own plans for taking place-based learning back to their classrooms and schools.

Registration details

To learn more about Wisconsin Green Schools Network, visit our website.

Director Events from Last Week
June 18 – Health Tide Meeting
June 19 – Wisconsin Green Schools Network Meeting
June 19 – Meeting with UNESCO representative
June 20 – Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools Meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 25 – Ed Issues meeting
June 25 – Meeting with potential conference speaker
June 26 – Meeting with member school
June 26 – Meeting with Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
June 26 – RCN Monthly Meeting
June 27 – Presenting to Green Lake Area Retired Educators

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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