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

Good Morning,
In this issue I encourage you to review the information on Special Education Funding, Free Vision Screening Tool, IES Resources, School Safety Drills and AP Computer Science opportunities.

Reminder to Support the DPI budget proposal for students with disabilities
Support continues to grow in backing the DPI Budget request for students with disabilities by the number of School Board resolutions already submitted and recent press this issue has received. With State categorical funding for students with disabilities frozen for the past decade, moving to a 60% reimbursement rate for public schools would set the path toward the 90% reimbursement rate currently provided to private schools.

For those that haven’t submitted a resolution, I would encourage you to explore doing so. I have attached a resolution approved by the Pecatonica School Board as an example. (Thank you, Jill Underly, District Administrator at Pecatonica.) If you do move forward with a resolution, please share a copy with me.

Free Vision Screening Tool through VisionQuest/EyeSpy 20/20 and United Healthcare
Reminder to everyone of this vision screening resource:
EyeSpy 20/20 is an interactive vision screening tool for schools that I feel can be helpful to many of you. After meeting with the VisionQuest and United Healthcare Wisconsin I learned that United Healthcare is making this tool available to schools free of charge.

Reference points:

  •  VisionQuest 20/20 is a non-profit organization that earlier this year entered into a partnership with United Healthcare allowing it to provide EyeSpy 20/20 to schools in Wisconsin AT NO CHARGE TO THE SCHOOL. The license provided under this program is for LIFETIME use of EyeSpy 20/20.
  •  Schools can download the EyeSpy 20/20 program to as many computers as needed and will be provided up to 4 testing kits; which include a 10′ USB mouse extension cable, stereo testing glasses, set of reversible occluding glasses, “near” stereo testing card, translucent HOTV symbol response panel, reusable clothe eye patch, and a Quick Start Guide.
  • More information can be found in my email dated November 13.

Here are a couple of links and attachments regarding Vision Quest and the program.     Information     YouTube

If you have questions about the program or grant, contact Phill Trewyn at or call (414) 390.5500.

Legislative Update for the Week of November 26
Nothing scheduled at the time of this publication.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
Nothing to report this week.

From the US Department of Education
Last week, continuing its efforts to ensure equal access to education free from discrimination, the Department released its proposal on improving schools’ response to sexual harassment and assault. The proposed regulation under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funds, was developed after more than a year of research, deliberation, and gathering input from students, school administrators, Title IX coordinators, advocates, and other stakeholders (fact sheet, background and section-by-section summary, and the pre-published full regulation).


  • “Reasons High School Students Change Their Educational Setting” — this Data Point focuses on the 11.5% of students in the study cohort who reported that they changed their educational setting by transferring schools or becoming homeschooled between the time they were surveyed in 2009 (as ninth-grade students) and the time they were surveyed in 2012 (mostly as eleventh-grade students).
  • “Factors That Influence Student College Choice” — this Data Point, using the same data source above, focuses on characteristics that influence choosing a school or college after high school.
  • “Military Service and Educational Attainment of High School Sophomores After 9/11: Experiences of 2002 High School Sophomores as of 2012” — this Statistics in Brief closely examines 2002 high school sophomores’ entrance into military service through 2012, up to eight years after most graduated from high school in 2004.
  • “How to Make Education Research Relevant to Teachers” — IES Director Mark Schneider’s discusses how to get “information into the hands of teachers, so that more students have teachers who are using the most effective, evidence-based methods.”
  • “Expanding the Evidence Base for Career and Technical Education Network” — IES, supported by funding from the Department’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), awarded a five-year grant to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partners to lead a Career and Technical Education Network.

From the DOJ
How to file a Fiscal Report when there is no current request for a quarterly reimbursement.
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.

School Safety Drills
The Wisconsin State Legislature passed, and the governor signed 2017 Wisconsin ACT 143 into law in March 2018. Act 143 requires that before January 1, 2019, and before each January 1 thereafter, each school board and the governing body of each private school shall ensure that, at each school building regularly occupied by pupils, pupils are drilled, at least annually, in the proper response to a school violence event in accordance with the school safety plan in effect for that school building.

Here are considerations for a drill design and an example of a brief written evaluation that will be submitted to the Office of School Safety.

From the NREA
Amazon Future Engineering Program
We are thrilled to let you know of our partnership with Amazon to help dramatically expand access to AP Computer Science at high schools nationwide as part of the Amazon Future Engineer Program.

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, this partnership is significantly expanding and applications are now open for the 19-20 school year. Schools will be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited number of spots, so we urge you to apply ASAP.

Amazon AFE Sponsorship | Edhesive Intro/AP Computer Science
Through this program, Amazon is providing 100% financial assistance to help eligible schools
implement AP Computer Science A-Java and/or AP Computer Science Principles through Edhesive. As part of this expansion, Introduction to Computer Science in Python, will also be available.

Interested for the 19-20 school year?
If you are interested, please click here to complete a brief application for the program as soon as possible.
Applications are now being accepted (with a quick 1-1 phone interview to follow) for the 19-20 school year.

Director Events from Last Week
Nov. 19-20 – Office
Nov. 20 – Interview with WUMU
Nov. 21-23 – Thanksgiving Break

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Nov. 26 – Ed Issues Conference Call
Nov. 28 – Meeting regarding HEI and Grants

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