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

Good Morning,
As the JFC wraps up their work this week, there is still time to share your stories and keep the pressure on the legislators to rethink their priorities prior to their debate and vote on the budget in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for the stories you have already shared.

2019-20 WiRSA Membership Renewal
Members, WiRSA 2019-20 Membership Renewal Invoices were emailed last week. Dues have remained the same as last year and are due by September 1. Thank you for your continued support.

WiRSA Conference call for proposals now open (Deadline is 2 weeks away)
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 / Sponsorship Registration is Open (Booths are filling fast)
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 June 10
Assembly Committee on Education – June 13 at 11:00 417 North.
Executive Session to vote on:
AB 194 – Relating to: requirements for initial licensure as a special education teacher.
AB 195 – Relating to: a license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority.

Public Hearing on:
AB 223 – Relating to: supplemental state aid for consolidated school districts and making an appropriation.
AB 224 – Relating to: determining shared costs and the secondary cost ceiling for the purpose of general equalization aids for school districts.

National Level Legislative Update From NREAC/CEF
No update this week

From US Department of Education
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR PERKINS INNOVATION AND MODERNIZATION GRANT PROGRAM – The Department is now accepting applications for the Innovation & Modernization discretionary grant program. This program, authorized by Perkins V, is designed to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize career and technical education (CTE) and align workforce skills with labor market needs. Eligible applicants are Perkins Act formula funding sub-recipients (e.g., LEAs and community colleges), as well as certain consortia. Not less than 25% of the funds available for grants must be awarded to recipients in rural areas, if enough applications of high quality are received from applicants serving rural communities. Applications will be accepted through June 14, 2019.

STATE CHARTER SCHOOL FACILITIES INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
The Department is now accepting applications for the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program – State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program. This program provides grants to eligible States to help them establish or enhance, and administer, a per-pupil facilities aid program for charter schools in the State, that is specified in State law and provides annual financing on a per-pupil basis, for charter school facilities. Applications will be accepted until July 19, 2019.

CREDIT ENHANCEMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS FACILITIES PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN – This program supports entities that use innovative methods to help charter schools address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing. The Department is accepting applications for the Grants for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities (Credit Enhancement) program until July 19, 2019.

From the DOJ
WASCD Training Opportunity – Please see the attached training announcement from the Wisconsin Association of School Curriculum Developers (WASCD) regarding a 3-part training conference on Trauma Invested Practices in Wisconsin.

From the NREA
Rethinking Leadership Development for the 2019-2020 School Year
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 3:00 PM ET
This 40-minute webinar focuses on a fresh look at leadership development in rural and remote schools. Many administrators are committed to growing the leadership talent in their schools. What is not always clear is how to do this. What leadership skills and mindsets are needed in a first leadership role? And how do senior leaders need to lead differently to have a school wide impact?

To register for this webinar, send your name, school name, and note NREA in the subject line of your email to spark.america@bts.com or Marcia.Wratcher@bts.com Upon receipt of your email, your registration will be confirmed and will be sent access information for the webinar via zoom. You may access the webinar via this link. You may also dial in to the webinar using the following number and meeting id: +1 646 876 923 Meeting ID: 168 772 998

Simple fixes to help bridge rural digital divide      article

Can’t pay their bills with love’: In many teaching jobs, teachers’ salaries can’t cover rent
New teachers can’t afford median rent almost anywhere. Our city-by-city analysis validates a theme in teacher strikes. But that’s not the full story Teacher Housing Comparison Salary vs. Rent

Wyoming shows equitable distribution of resources is possible and all children can benefit from a quality education regardless of their school size and location via @PBS Student @reportinglabs

From NCEE
Just released, NCEE’s “Message to America” warns time is running out to get the nation’s schools on track to compete with the world’s best-performing education systems.

At the same time, state elected officials—who must be the main drivers for change in our federalist system—have a “shining” new model from the state of Maryland that they can now emulate and tackle comprehensive, system-wide education reform that benefits all students.

Read “A Message to America” and find more information on the work of Maryland’s Kirwan Commission here.

Director Events from Last Week
June 3 – DOJ School Safety Advisory Meeting
June 3 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
June 4 – Meeting with Business Partner
June 7 – Conf. Call with member District Administrator

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 10 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
June 11 – NREAC meeting via conference call
June 12 – State FFA Convention presentation
June 12 – Interview with WPR Here and Now webcast on school closures
June 14 – WAES Board

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

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