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

Good Morning,
Last week marked a positive sign for Wisconsin education and educational funding as DPI released their biennial budget proposal. The budget proposal covers many of the issues that WiRSA and other state organizations have been striving towards. (Proposal highlights can be found in my Sept. 18th email.) The time has come to make sure that our public schools get what is required to continue to provide a quality education to our students. As State Superintendent Evers stated:

“We must continue raising our voices until they can no longer be ignored. Together,
we can restore respect for Wisconsin schools and educators. Together, we can reinvest
in our schools so that every kid can thrive. Together, we can bring civility and collaboration
back to public education and to public life.”

It is imperative that we stay focused and supportive of this budget proposal. view complete Biennial Budget Proposal

In this edition:
• WiRSA Conference Registration is now open. (Room Block Deadline extended to Oct. 10.)
• NCEE Webinar
• From the NREA – CAP report on School Funding.

Please welcome our new WiRSA members:

UW Colleges Online and Adam Maki, Upward Bound Advisor

WiRSA Conference Registration is Now Open The 2018 WiRSA Conference will be held at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, October 29-30. View the program outline and registration information on our website. Conference Registration (Room Block Deadline is September 26.)

WiRSA Membership Invoices

Invoices were due Sept. 1. Reminders were sent the week of Sept 10. Please feel free to contact me, if you have questions.

Legislative Update for the Week of September 24
No hearings on education scheduled this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
No update available this week.

From the Department of Public Instruction
Nominations open for Herb Kohl Foundation Leadership and Fellowship Awards

DPI releases training module that covers mandatory reporting of threats of school violence.

From NCEE –
The Early Advantage 1 Release Webinar Oct 9
Join us on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern for an in-depth look at The Early Advantage 1: Early Childhood Systems That Lead By Example, the first of two books that together will form the centerpiece of the multi-year Early Advantage international comparative study led by world-renowned early childhood researcher Sharon Lynn Kagan, with funding and support from NCEE.

The webinar will be hosted by NCEE President Marc Tucker and feature a presentation from Kagan on the book’s findings and a discussion of its implications.

From the NREA
CAP Report on School Funding
Summary of “Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools”

The 2008 recession decimated state budgets, sending education funding into a tailspin. But as the recovery has picked up, many states have made policy choices, such as tax cuts, that have further decreased state revenue. These policy decisions can be devastating for schools and students, since research increasingly shows that money matters in education, particularly for low-income students.

Not only are investments in education associated with increased student achievement, they are related to increases in adult earnings and intergenerational income mobility. There are tangible consequences when states systematically disinvest in K-12 education, including low teacher pay, crumbling schools, and inadequate school personnel and instructional materials. To unlock students’ potential and ensure that schools are healthy, safe, supportive, environments for learning, we must invest far more in education.

See related article from the Huffington Post

See full report

Director Events from Last Week
Sept. 17 – Ed Issues Conference Call
Sept. 18 – Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia
Sept. 19 – Rural Education Research and Implementation Center Board
Sept. 19 – Members meeting on WIAA concerns
Sept. 20 – State of Education Address
Sept. 20 – WPEN Meeting
Sept. 21 – Stakeholder conference call on budget proposal

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Sept. 24 – Conference call with Wisconsin Policy Forum
Sept 28-Oct 1 – WiRSA Office Closed

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.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Alliant Energy, CESA Foundation, Ehlers, Jostens, McKinstry,

Mid-State Technical College, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions,

The Insurance Center, TRICORE Insurance, UW Colleges Online,

WEA Member Benefits and Wisconsin Farmers Union