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

Good Morning,
I want to thank the many schools that have passed School Board Resolutions in support of increased funding for special education. If you have passed a resolution and have not emailed me a copy, I ask that you please do so. If you have not passed a resolution, I encourage you to work with your Board.

The following school districts have passed School Board Resolutions and I have copies on file:
Adams-Friendship, Alma, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Florence, Iowa-Grant, Merrill, Northland Pines, Portage, Pecatonica, Pepin, Royall

Congratulations to the following WiRSA schools for being recognized as 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools:
Iron River Elementary School, Maple School District, Iron River
Prairie View Elementary School, De Soto Area School District

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 has been extended to October 10.)

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 October 1
No hearings on education scheduled this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
FY 2019 education funding bill signed into lawOn Friday, President Trump signed into law the appropriations package that provides full-year fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding for the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense appropriations bills. The package also contains a “continuing resolution,” or CR, that extends current funding through December 7 for the programs in the seven FY 2019 appropriations bills that have not yet been enacted. The House announced late last week that it will be in recess until November 13; the Senate is scheduled to remain in session through October 26, but that date could be moved up depending on what remains on the Senate’s to-do list. Congress will return after the election for a lame-duck session to consider the remaining funding bills, and how the negotiations turn out depends in part on the outcome of the election. For example, if Democrats will have the majority in the House in the 116th Congress, they may try to delay finalizing the bills until January when they can have more impact on the outcome.

From the Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin Student Assessment System Results Released
Overall results held steady on Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams given during the 2017-18 school year, with some promising gains in mathematics achievement across most grade levels.

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

From the NREA
Superintendents Struggle to Lure Teachers to Rural Colorado

How Does Charter Expansion Affect School District Finances and Student Achievement? New Evidence from Massachusetts

Speak your piece: What’s D.C. doing for rural internet? Not enough

Disappearing Farmland: Small-Towns Trade Farmland for Residential Development

From IES
REL Webinar: “Algebra for All: Focus on Visual Representations”
This interactive webinar is designed for upper elementary and middle school mathematics educators and the staff who support them. REL Appalachia developed this webinar with their Student Success in Mathematics partnership.

Algebra for All: Focus on Visual Representations
October 17, 2018
3:30–5:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Director Events from Last Week
Sept. 24 – Conference call with Wisconsin Policy Forum
Sept. 27 – Conference call with UW System
Sept 28-Oct 1 – WiRSA Office Closed

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Oct. 1 – Ed. Issues conference call
Oct. 4 – RCN meeting
Oct. 4 – Connect America meeting
Oct. 5 – CESA 5 PAC meeting
Oct. 5 – Roundtable discussion at Teacher Speak Out

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• NREA Conference in Denver, Colorado– October 11-13
• 2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.


Thank you Sponsors!

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Mid-State Technical College, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions,
The Insurance Center, TRICORE Insurance, UW Colleges Online,
WEA Member Benefits and Wisconsin Farmers Union