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

Good Morning,
This week I encourage you to nominate someone in your district for a WiRSA Rural Awards and submit a proposal promoting a great program in your district for our fall conference.

WiRSA Conference call for proposals now open
The conference planning committee is now accepting proposals to present at the annual conference October 28-29 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center. We are looking for presentations that promote the great programs being offered by our rural schools. This year’s theme is around diversity. To submit a proposal, complete the proposal form by June 21. (See attached flyer to post.)

WiRSA Rural Awards – New Category added for Principals
WiRSA is now taking applications for the 2019 WiRSA Rural Awards. The WiRSA Rural Awards are a way to recognize the great people you have in your district and community for the outstanding things that they do for your school and rural education. The deadline for nominations is September 13. Click here for more information.

WiRSA Conference Vendor Booth and Sponsorship Registration is Open
Information for securing one of the 26 vendor booths for the 2019 WiRSA Conference is now available. Please see attached flyer for more details. Priority will be given to our Business Partners, formerly known as Associate Members, then vendors from last year, followed by new requests.

We will be using a new registration process this year, so please read all information carefully. Vendor/Sponsor Registration Form.

Legislative Update for the Week of May 13
May 14 at 11:00, 412 East – Joint Finance Committee on Universities, will hold an Executive Session on the budget.

Budget Update   Last Thursday the JFC voted along party lines to remove Medicaid Expansion, the following education items, and many other key items from the Governor’s Budget. These moves could have a major impact on education moving forward.

General School Aids and Revenue Limits
• Reallocate Property Tax Credit Funding to General School Aids Appropriation
• Revenue Limit Adjustment for Lead Testing and Remediation
• Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Membership
• Limit on Number of School District Referenda

Categorical Aids
• Driver Education Aid

Choice, Charter, SNSP, and Open Enrollment
• Private School Choice Programs — Cap Participation at 2020-21 Levels
• Private School Choice Programs — Teacher Licensure Requirement
• Private School Choice Programs — Accreditation of Private Schools
• Milwaukee Private School Choice Program — Eliminate City Choice Levy Aid
• Private School Choice Programs — Definition of Poverty Level
• Private School Choice and Special Needs Scholarship Programs — Information Required on Property Tax Bill
• Special Needs Scholarship Program — Sunset
• Special Needs Scholarship Program — Teacher Licensure Requirement
• Special Needs Scholarship Program — Private School Requirements
• Special Needs Scholarship Program — Delete Cost Reimbursement Provision
• Special Education Scholarship Program — Additional Tuition Charges
• Special Education Scholarship Program — Religious Activity Opt-Out
• Prohibition on New Independent Charter Schools
• Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program

Administrative and Other Funding
• Eliminate Teacher Licensure for Alternative Teaching Preparation Program
• Paid Planning Time for Teachers

Related Items in other Agencies
· Rehired Annuitant Teachers
· Student Loan Refinancing Study Committee
· Transfer Office of School Safety
· Agency Publications
· Administrative Rules
· Municipal Broadband Facilities in Underserved or Unserved Areas
· Transfers from DWD to DPI
· Career and Technical Education Grants and Completion Awards
· Technical Education Equipment Grant Program
· Teacher Development Grants

National Level Legislative Update From NREAC/CEF
House Appropriations Committee is marking up the Labor-HHS-Education bill now – The House Appropriations Committee is meeting now to mark up the fiscal year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill. The Committee has already voted 30-22 to approve the fiscal year 2020 sub allocations – the 302(b) allocations – for the 12 government funding bills. The allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education bill was slightly increased from what was originally set, leaving room for an amendment. The Committee meeting is being webcast here.

o Amendment increases education funding – The Committee adopted Chairwoman DeLauro’s amendment to add an additional $103 million for various programs. It provides the following additional funding on top of the increases already in the bill:
 $10 million for museums and libraries
 $10 million for career technical education state grants
 $7 million for adult education state grants
 $5 million to continue the open textbook pilot within the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
 $5 million for magnet schools
 $5 million for IDEA preschool grants

CEF will share on Twitter if the Committee adopts any other funding-related amendments. We will update CEF’s funding table that we sent yesterday.

• Department of Education report on impact of Title I formulas – This morning the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released an analysis of the formulas that govern distribution of Title I, Part A state grant funds. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires the report to examine formulas affect different types of school districts, including large and small, high-poverty and wealthier, rural and urban. The report compares the distribution of funds and the distribution of eligible children. The report does not provide recommendations for changes in the formula but does provide some examples of how alternative formulas would affect different types of districts.

From US Department of Education
No update this week.

From the DOJ
Required School Submissions 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. If you have any questions regarding the requirements of 2017 Act 143 please email:

From the NREA
Join us Tuesday, 05/21 for a livestreaming event that shares research on the elements students demand in their academic experience, and how technologies can play a role in meeting them. Instructors will also gain insights into the set of skills and competencies they now need to effectively incorporate today’s technologies into their courses.
What: Delivering High Quality Teaching and Learning with Technology
When: Tuesday, 05/21 @ 2 PM ET // 11 AM PT
Register Now

Most of America’s Rural Areas Are Doomed to Decline
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.

Director Events from Last Week
May 6 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
May 8 – Multiple meetings with Legislators on budget concerns around TEACH and other Tech related items
May 8 – Westfield HS – scholarship presentation
May 9 – Meeting with Speaker Voss regarding budget
May 10 – CESA 11 PAC

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
May 13 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
May 13 – Meeting with RERIC
May 15 – NREAC Monthly Call
May 15 – Albany Awards Night
May 16 – Mtg with Rep. Kitchens office on Consolidation Bill
May 17 – WASBO Presentation in Green Bay

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


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