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

Good Morning,
Welcome new WiRSA Members, Independence School District, Washburn School District, UW Colleges Online, Wisconsin Virtual School, The Insurance Center and SaberCor. We look forward to working with you.

WiRSA Board Elections were Reopened until Nov. 16 for Regions 3 and 4 School Board Seats

(Region 3 and 4 Electors please email me with your vote.)

Region 3 School Board Seat (write in)

Valerie Kulesa – Gilman School District

Region 4 School Board Seat (write in)

Gail Saari – Maple School District

Linda Opsahl – Florence School District

WISELearn Survey

Here is a link to a short survey about WISELearn. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

From the Applied Population Lab

Shifts In Student Numbers Help Drive School Referendums Across Wisconsin

Reality Vs. Perception: The Changing Demographics of America

Legislative Update for the Week of November 12
November 13 – Joint Finance Committee Meeting to review Transition Budget for Newly-Elected Governor – Noon, Room 412 East
November 13 – Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules – 2:00 Room 201 Southeast – Rules to be reviewed:

EmR 1813. Relating to: changes to PI 15 related to revenue limit exemptions for energy efficiencies, as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59.
EmR 1814. Relating to: restoring part time open enrollment rules, as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59.

EmR 1815. Relating to: changes to rules governing the Special Needs Scholarship Program, as a result of 2017 Acts 36 and 59 and other changes.
November 14 – Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds – 9:00 am, Room 411 – Previous minutes and Agenda

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

From the US Department of Education
On National STEM Day, the Department announced that it had surpassed President Trump’s directive to invest $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In total, the agency obligated $279 million in STEM discretionary funds in Fiscal Year 2018.

While these investments mark a significant step toward advancing STEM education in the U.S., there is still more work to be done. According to the Department’s newly released data story on STEM, 80% of all eighth-grade students attend a school that offers Algebra I, but only 24% of these students are actually enrolled in the course. This “leak” in the STEM pipeline can have long-term effects on students’ education, since Algebra I is considered the gatekeeper course to advanced math and science coursework.

The 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection, the data story’s primary data source, reveals students’ access to algebra in eighth-grade is inconsistent across the country, and access to STEM education can be impacted by a number of factors, such as the location of the school or the type of school a student attends. Students enrolled in traditional or magnet public schools were more likely to have access to Algebra I than those in other types of schools. Similarly, students attending suburban schools were more likely to have access than students in other areas.

Enrollment is as important as access, but the data shows not all students with access were enrolled at the same rate. Asian students were more likely to be enrolled (34%), versus black students (12%). Additionally, a higher percentage of female students were enrolled (25%), versus male students (22%).

On October 24, the Department issued a draft state plan guide for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizing and modifying the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The agency is accepting input on the guide until December 24 (comment here). Once finalized, states will be able to use the guide to prepare their plans under the law (all documents).

Key provisions in the new law include:

• requiring extensive collaboration among state- and local-level secondary, postsecondary, and business and industry partners to develop and implement high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programming and programs of study;
• introducing a needs assessment to align CTE programming to locally identified in-demand, high-growth, and high-wage career fields;
• strengthening the CTE teacher and faculty pipeline, especially in hard-to-fill program areas, including STEM;
• promoting innovative practices to reshape where, how, and to whom CTE is delivered;
• expanding the reach and scope of career guidance and academic counseling; and
• shifting responsibility to the states to determine performance measures, including new program quality measures and related levels of performance, to fully optimize outcomes for students.

From the DOJ
How to file a Fiscal Report when there is no current request for a quarterly reimbursement.
It is imperative that if there are NO reimbursements requested for the current quarterly period you must “create” and submit a fiscal report indicating “zero dollars” and complete and upload a “zero dollar” G-2 form. Please complete this as soon as possible if you have not done so already. Round 2 grants all had their first due date of October 12, 2018.

The Office of School Safety recognizes that schools may not have a Round 2 request for reimbursement for this quarter but in order to align the due dates with Round 1 this is a necessary step. Please complete a Fiscal Report for both Round 1 and Round 2 by the corresponding due dates. Round 1 and Round 2 Fiscal Report due dates align with each other so schools only complete Fiscal Reports once per quarter instead of having to complete Round 1 in October and Round 2 just a month later in November.

Your Fiscal Report due dates can be found on your signed award documents and in Egrants.

In Egrants select: Project Management > Monitoring > Summary
On the summary screen in Egrants you will see the quarterly dates that the requested reimbursement must coincide with. For example; the current quarterly fiscal report for Round 1 and Round 2 is due October 12, 2018 for the period of 7/1/2018-9/30/2018. The request for reimbursement must be within those dates in order to meet the requirements.

For additional information with screenshots on how to complete a Fiscal Report and an updated G-2 form please visit the Office of School Safety website under the Requesting Round #1 Reimbursements

From the NREA
Rural America Report – This report highlights recent social and economic conditions in rural America, focusing on county-level trends in population, employment, poverty, and aging.
Summary View                      Entire Report

The Class of 2030 and Life-Ready Learning
Discover how schools across the world are set to handle the onslaught of technologies shifting the way we teach, learn and work, especially as the kindergartners of today become the graduates of 2030. Article

5 Things to Know About Today’s Teaching Force   Article

Meet New Business Partner SaberCor
SaberCor works with schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States assisting them in lowering costs while maintaining or improving service levels. Our main areas of focus include janitorial supplies (toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels…), janitorial services and waste removal. We utilize our expertise and national pricing to drive down the costs while often allowing you to keep the same vendors that you are currently using.

Through contract/cost management, process driven quality assurance, and a customer focused consultative approach, SaberCor is able to save significant dollars, reduce non-value-added tasking, and optimize outcomes for the organizations we serve. If you would like more information, contact Mark Hilgart at or 262.617.8658

Director Events from Last Week
Nov. 5 – Conference Call with Keller, Inc
Nov. 5 – Zoom meeting with Colorado Dept. of Ed on S-CAP
Nov. 6 – WASDA Regional Meeting
Nov. 6 – UW-Whitewater Teen Suicide Prevention Research
Nov. 7 – Meeting with Vision Quest 20/20
Nov. 9 – WPEN Meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Nov. 12 – Ed Issues Conference Call
Nov. 13 – Meeting with Wisconsin Partners
Nov 13 – Legislative Hearings
Nov. 13 – Wisconsin Demographics Changes Workshop
Nov. 14 – Meeting with Julie Underwood
Nov. 14 – Study Committee on the Investment and use of school trust funds
Nov. 15 – Meeting with UW-Platteville School of Education

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
2019 WiRSA Conference, Save the Date, October 28-29, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.
2019 WiRSA Scholarship Information

Thank you 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