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
• Membership Invoices will be emailed later this week
• WiRSA Conference registration to open July 16

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.

WiRSA “Rural Schools Matter” Conference Registration Opens July 16

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 July 16th – watch for more details.

2018-19 WiRSA Membership Invoices in July

WiRSA membership renewal invoices will be emailed out this week, please watch for it. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

WiRSA Board Meeting – The WiRSA Board of Directors will meet July 11th in Stevens Point

Legislative Update for the Week of July 9
There is nothing scheduled at the state level for this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
Senate HELP Committee approves Career and Technical Education (CTE) reauthorization bill – Yesterday the Senate HELP Committee reported out a bipartisan reauthorization of the Perkins CTE bill that has the support of the business community but raises some concerns among education advocates. For those who’d like some background, attached is a detailed letter from CEF members the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE with their views on the authorization bill, including a recommendation to increase the authorization level to at least the amount included for CTE in the House fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.

• Appropriations status summary
Here’s a quick rundown of the status of FY 2019 funding bills in the House and Senate. While not really on pace to have all 12 government funding bills completed before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, Congress has taken at least some action on all the bills in both the House and Senate and has passed initial versions of three of the bills. The bills comply with the defense and non-defense discretionary levels set in this spring’s budget deal, although there is some discussion of exempting more than $1 billion of veteran’s health care funding from the caps.

o House – the House passed three bills – Energy and Water, Legislative Brach, and Military Construction-VA – as a package in early June and is debating the defense bill this week. Except for the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the 7 other bills have been approved by the Appropriations Committee. There is no date yet for the House Appropriations mark-up of the Labor-HHS-education bill, but it won’t be until after the House returns on July 9.

o Senate – the Senate passed versions of the same three bills – Energy and Water, Legislative Brach, and Military Construction-VA – as a package on Monday. The next step is a House-Senate conference to settle differences between the two versions. The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense bills tomorrow, the last two to be considered.

• Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education bill – Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill with no amendments. This morning the Committee published the legislative text and the report language. Links to materials are below.

o Legislative text
o Committee report (the table for Department of Education programs begins on page 259)
o Press releases/summaries – from the Majority and Minority. The Republican summary does not mention the $600 million Pell grant rescission, but the Democratic summary does.

CEF funding table
Attached is CEF’s table showing funding levels back to FY 2016 for the key national funding programs that we track, including several outside the Department of Education. All increases over the current level are noted in blue, cuts are in red, and level funding is in black. The only difference from what I sent on Tuesday is that the higher education Title III and Title V programs are now filled out – each gets a 2.2% increase over the 2018 level. The $2 million increase for museums is outside of the funding for the two Acts we track (it is for Administration and for Research).

o How to display the budgetary impact of the Senate bill’s $600 million Pell grant rescission – the Republican summary cites the amount of new discretionary budget authority provided for the Department of Education, which does not reflect the bill’s $600 million rescission. The CEF table takes the $600 million rescission into account in the Department’s FY 2019 total to reflect the relative level of resources available compared with prior years. (This is consistent with how we counted the Pell grant rescission enacted for FY 2017.) When counting the bill’s Pell grant rescission, the bill slightly cuts funding for the Department of Education compared with FY 2018.

House Appropriations Committee mark-up on July 11
We’re told that the House Appropriations Committee plans to hold its twice-postponed mark-up of its bill on July 11, but there is not yet an official notice.

From the NREA

20 Ways to be Future Driven in your Classroom

Rural high school students are skipping college. Should we be worried?

Dem Plan Calls for Investing in Rural Growth Industries

Director Events from Last Week
June 25 – Ed Issues Call
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

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
July 9 – Ed Issues Call
July 10 – Meeting with DOJ on School Safety Grants
July 11 – WiRSA Board 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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