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

Good Morning,
Just a quick reminder that summer is a great time to nominate staff and community members for our Rural Awards. Also, watch for details in the next couple of weeks regarding the WiRSA Conference and the registration process.

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.

WiRSA – WREA Job Connection Reminder
WREA and WiRSA have joined forces to connect school districts with hard to fill partial positions and long-term substitute positions with retired educators looking to get back into the workforce part time to share their knowledge and love of education with the students of rural Wisconsin. website

District Administrators and or HR personnel can complete the form below to post a partial position or long-term substitute position for posting on the WREA website. There is no cost for the posting, this is a service of WREA and WiRSA.

Please send or email completed form to Diane Wilcenski, WREA Executive Director, 6405 Century Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 or email Diane at
WREA and WiRSA Job Connection Fillable Form

Legislative Update for the Week of June 24
No hearings scheduled this week on education.
June 25 – Tentative Assembly Floor Session on Biennial Budget
June 26 – Tentative Senate Floor Session on Biennial Budget

National Level Legislative Update From NREAC/CEF
Policy Intelligence and Education News
• FY 2020 Appropriations status in the House – Last week the House passed a package of fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills that included the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and the Defense, Energy and Water, and State-Foreign Operations appropriations bills. This week the House plans to continue consideration of a second “minibus” package that contains five additional FY 2020 appropriations bills: the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Interior and Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD. The House also plans to debate the Financial Services appropriations bill later this week, and if there is time it may take up the Legislative Branch funding bill, leaving only the Homeland Security bill still to debate when Congress returns after the Independence Day recess.

• FY 2019 Emergency Assistance Funding – The House and the Senate plan to consider different emergency supplemental funding bills to provide humanitarian assistance at the southern border. The House bill, HR 3401, contains $4.5 billion that includes $200 million for a pilot program to help process immigration cases. In contrast, the Senate bill provides $4.6 billion, does not include the funding for the pilot program, but does provide $145 million for the Department of Defense, which has sent troops to assist Border Patrol efforts. The bills would have to be passed, conferenced, and then the conference version passed and signed by the President before any assistance is available.

• FY 2020 Appropriations status in the Senate – The Senate has not started to produce its FY 2020 bills because it has not settled on a top line for defense and non-defense discretionary funding. Last week Senate Republican leaders continued discussions with the Administration on a possible budget deal but did not reach any agreement. It’s possible the Senate could decide to “deem” its own new levels, which is what the House did, in which case we’re hearing it could start marking up a FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill as soon as the week of July 8. We are assuming the Senate and House discretionary caps will be quite different, at least for non-defense discretionary funding, which means the resulting FY 2020 bills wouldn’t likely lead to a unified conference version any time soon.

• CBO Infographics on the current budget, discretionary and mandatory spending, and revenues – The Congressional Budget Office created four informative infographics, on discretionary spending, mandatory spending, revenues, and the current budget. Note that the discretionary totals show outlays (spending), which his different from the amount of new budget authority Congress provided for the year – when we talk about appropriations bills, we measure the amount of discretionary spending by the amount of new budget authority, which may be outlaid over several years. When we talk about the deficit impact, we talk about the amount of outlays in a specific year. Non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending is 3.2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product – the same share as it was 20 years ago, after an increase during and after the recession in 2008.

From US Department of Education
She’s an astronaut. She’s a surgeon. She’s been to outer space and back again. She’s an inspiration for girls in STEM.

We need your help to spread the word about the importance of getting young girls involved in STEM.

It’s time to rethink school and support students pursuing their passions in STEM.

Please SHARE and RETWEET this video of NASA astronaut, Serena Auñón Chancellor, to your social media networks. Just click retweet or share.

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
The 111th Rural Research and Conference Symposium hosted by NREA & BFK.
The #RuralEdForum brings together rural #edleaders from across the country to advance #21stcenturylearning. Join our community of bold, courageous educators on Oct. 24–26 in Louisville, KY!     Register today to save.

Medical Field Careers
You can have students fill out the form for our scholarship at the link below and we do not require anything financially from the students. We are a great fit for any of your students studying any form of healthcare education. The deadline for this year’s scholarship is 10/1/2020. We also detail the many other scholarship databases that are offered online. All that is needed is the submission of a 1,000-word essay on why you want to work in healthcare. Hopefully you are having a wonderful day and will consider adding our great scholarship to your list. If you have any questions, please ask and have a wonderful day!


School Choices for Rural America

25 Groups Join Connect Americans Now In Filing FCC Comments: NREA

Rural Spark podcast: How to save your rural school

From IES
IES Announces FY 2020 Grant Competitions in Education and Special Education Research and Training
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released funding announcements for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) grant competitions. All application packages will be available July 11, 2019. For all competitions except the Education Research and Development Centers (84.305C) competition, the application deadline is August 29, 2019. For the Education Research and Development Centers competition, the application deadline is September 26, 2019.

More information about the NCER and NCSER research programs, application process, and deadlines are available on the IES Funding Opportunities web page. Pre-recorded webinars that describe the grant programs, application procedures, and grant writing procedures will be available in the coming weeks.

Director Events from Last Week
June 17 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
June 17 – Interview with UW-Madison on community advocacy for public education
June 19 – Meeting with members in Colby
June 20 – Conference call with WPR
June 20 – Conference call with Mike Koltes at CESA 5 on the WiRSA budget.

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 24 – Weekly Stakeholder Meeting
June 25 – Interview on WPR Morning Show
June 25 – Interview with the Badger Herald
June 25 – Meeting with representative from Marion College
June 25 – Monthly RCN Meeting
June 27 – FCC Hearing in Tomah

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


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