The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society – Horace Mann
In this issue I encourage you to review the Joint Finance Agenda and contact your representative with your concerns. Also, take time to review the DOJ info on Act 143.
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 have not 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.
Legislative Update for the Week of December 3
December 3 – Joint Finance Committee (Lame Duck Session) The JFC will be taking up five fast tracked (just posted on Friday) bills today that are aimed to limit the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general. These bills are scheduled for a public hearing and quickly followed by an executive session with the hopes of a vote on the Assembly and Senate floor tomorrow. WiRSA will be registering in opposition to AB 1070 that will limit powers and has language that could impact the Common School Fund and AB1071 regarding moving the 2020 Primary at a cost that could be about 7 million dollars. (WiRSA Testimony attached) Please review below and contact your local legislators to oppose these bills.
Joint Finance at 12:30 Room 412 East
AB 1069 AB 1070 AB 1071 AB 1072 AB 1073
December 4 – Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia at 10:00 am Room 412 East Agenda
December 6 – Study Committee on the Investment and use of School Trust Funds at 10:00 am Room 411 South – I am keeping a close eye on this, because of some proposed constitutional language change that may be proposed that is crafted in a way that is not needed and could negatively impact the fund. Agenda
National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
Nothing to report this week.
From the US Department of Education
Nothing to report this week.
From the DOJ
2017 Act 143 Requirements
2017 Wisconsin Act 143 requires public and private schools to submit required information to the Office of School Safety. Please note that this requirement is independent of school safety grant funding. While grant applicants may have provided some of this information, the statutory requirements in Act 143 apply to all schools, regardless of whether the school applied for grant funds.
By July 1, 2018, every school board and governing body of a private school must provide:
• blueprints (maps) of each school building and facility to the Office of School Safety and local law enforcement agencies [Wis. Stat. 118.07(4)(cf)]
• By January 1, 2019, and before each January 1 thereafter, every school board and governing body of a private school must also file the following information with the Office of School Safety [Wis. Stat. 118.07(4)(e)]:
• a copy of its School Safety Plan, including the most recent date on which the school board or governing body reviewed and approved the school safety plan;
• the date(s) of the required annual School Violence Drill(s) during the previous year, including certification that the school board or governing body reviewed a required written evaluation of the school violence drill(s) (see the example under “School Safety Drills” here);
• the date of the most recent school safety plan training (required under 118.07(4)(c)), and the number of attendees;
• the most recent date on which the school board or governing body consulted with a local law enforcement agency to conduct required on-site safety assessments.
How to Submit Information
In order to provide one easy location to submit the required information, the Office of School Safety has developed a Sharefile folder. In the next several days each school/district will receive an email containing their individual link to that school or district’s Sharefile folder to upload the required information. This email will be sent to the contact person(s) designated by each school or district in response to the previous OSS email requesting this contact. If a school/district did not provide a contact person, the email will be sent to the contact person on file with DPI.
The link to the Sharefile is used to upload the required documents. It requires you to provide your name and email address and will provide access only to the school(s) for which you are the point of contact. Do not forward this link to any person outside your school.
Each school’s folder contains subfolders for upload of these documents: blueprints/maps; safety assessments; safety plans; violence drills; and school safety training. Folders for threat assessments and grant certifications are also available for future needs.
Please address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Webinar: Supporting High School Teachers with Differentiation Strategies
In this free webinar, BetterLesson coach Valerie Librizzi and high school English teacher John Schnitter from Wayland-Cohocton HS in upstate New York will discuss instructional strategies that support differentiated, mastery-based learning for students. Learn the components of BetterLesson’s continuous improvement coaching model and walk away with curated instructional strategies that include video overviews and detailed implementation steps. Register for Supporting High School Teachers with Differentiation Strategies When: December 18, 3:00 EST / 12:00 PST (tentative)
Director Events from Last Week
Nov. 26 – Ed Issues Conference Call
Nov. 28 – Meeting regarding HEI and Grants
Nov. 29 – Meeting with Girls Who Code representative
Nov. 29 – Meeting with Stakeholders on Common School Fund Trust legislation
Director Events for the Upcoming Week
December 3 – Joint Finance Committee Hearing
December 4 – Meeting with Steeping Wellness
December 6 – Legislative Council Study Committee on School Trust Fund
December 6-7 – Redefining Ready Workshop in Green Bay
Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• 2019 WiRSA Conference, Save the Date, October 28-29, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.
• 2019 WiRSA Scholarship Information