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

Good Morning,
In this edition:
• Call for proposals reminder,
• Legislative Update State level rules review and National Update,
• NREA and Midwest articles.

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

WiRSA Conference Call for Proposals
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.

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.

Legislative Update for the Week of June 4
June 7 – Joint Committee for Administrative Rules
EmR1802  Relating to revisions to emergency rules governing licensure as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 (DPI)
Clearinghouse Rule 18-004  Relating to standards for disproportionality in special education and LEA determinations.

From the National Level
Appropriations on tap when Congress returns next week – Next week both the House and Senate will resume working on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills.

• House: The House Appropriations Committee has passed six of the 12 annual funding bills. The House plans to bring three of the bills (Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-VA) to the floor together next week in one package. This “minibus” has a total of $146.5 billion in funding (about 12% of total regular discretionary spending) and has $111.9 billion in non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding (about 19% of total NDD funding for FY 2019).

• Senate: The Senate is farther behind. The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing with Education Secretary DeVos on Tuesday, June 5, at 10:15am in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Labor-HHS-Education bill is slated to be marked up in the Senate Appropriations Committee the week of June 25. To date, the Senate Appropriations has approved just two bills (Agriculture, and Energy and Water), and plans to mark up two more next week (Transportation-HUD, and Military Construction-VA).

HIGHER EDUCATION ACT HITS A WALL: Don’t expect the much-anticipated Senate rewrite of the federal higher education law to emerge this year.

From the NREA
NATIONAL FUNDERS SAY THEY HOPE RURAL GROUPS APPLY FOR $10 MILLION CHALLENGE article
BRAIN GAIN: PROFESSIONALS FIND NICHE IN RURAL UPPER MIDWEST article
REBOOTING EDUCATION: FEDERAL, STATE FUNDS BRING HIGH-SPEED INTERNET TO RURAL AREAS article

Register Now to Reserve Your Spot today for the 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium. October 11–13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado
If you’re looking to engage with national experts, leading researchers, K–12 and higher education practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders to advance conversations and ideas around innovative rural leadership, practice, research, and policy, this is THE event for you! If you share our passion for advancing rural education, we hope you will join us and help unite and inspire people to action! Convention and Research

From Midwest REL
Examining teacher shortages and surpluses to improve equitable access to effective educators article

Exploring teacher residencies from two perspectives  first   second

Director Events from Last Week
May 29 – Ed Issues call
May 31 – Meeting with UW System

Director Events for the Upcoming 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

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
WiRSA Scholarships
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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