Evers Seeks to Freeze Voucher School Enrollment

By John Forester | February 25, 2019

In his first state budget, Governor Tony Evers will seek to freeze enrollment in private voucher schools and suspend expansion of independent charter schools.  Check out the news story from Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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WPF Releases New School DataTool

By John Forester | February 15, 2019

On the heels of releasing a very well-received report on special education funding earlier this week, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) today released a new online school resource which allows parents, teachers, school officials and the public to examine and compare educational data for school districts throughout Wisconsin.

For more information, see the WPF news release and check out the WPF School DataTool.

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Wisconsin’s Open Enrollment Program Does Not Violate Federal Law

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

From the Legal Side …

On January 22, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that Wisconsin’s open enrollment program did not violate federal law.  In its most recent legal update, Strang Patteson examines the court’s decision and its impact on Wisconsin school districts.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Strang Patteson.

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CPI For Bargaining Agreements Beginning July 1, 2019 Confirmed

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent School Law Update, Boardman Clark reports that the consumer price index (CPI) for bargaining agreements beginning July 1, 2019 has been confirmed.  Check it out.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman Clark.

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News Story Highlights WPF Special Ed Funding Report

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

Check out today’s news story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that focuses on the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s  recently released special education funding report.  The SAA posted the WPF report yesterday.

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New Report on Special Education Funding

By John Forester | February 13, 2019

I just finished reading the latest report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum titled, “Special Education Funding in Wisconsin: How it Works and Why it Matters.”  I found the report timely, very interesting and “right on point.”  Check it out here.

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New LRB Report on 2019 Wisconsin Legislature

By John Forester | February 8, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . .

The Legislative Reference Bureau has released a new report titled, “Profile of the 2019 Wisconsin Legislature.” According to the report:

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It’s Confirmed, Evers to Deliver Budget Address February 28th

By John Forester | February 8, 2019

From WisPolitics.com …

Evers is now locked in to deliver his budget Feb. 28, a spokeswoman said.

Lawmakers gave Evers until Feb. 28 to release the document, and his office had indicated previously it was targeting that date for the address. The date is now confirmed, the spokeswoman said.

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OCR to Conduct Compliance Reviews on the Use of Seclusion and Restraint

By John Forester | February 4, 2019

From the Legal Side:

In it’s most recent school law update, Boardman Clark examines the recently announced initiative by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to address the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint in school districts.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman Clark.

 

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Dyslexia Study Committee Issues Final Report

By John Forester | February 4, 2019

From The Wheeler Report:

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia has released its final report. The Committee has made the following recommendations:

LRB-0368/2. Employing a Dyslexia Specialist at the Department of Public Instruction.

LRB-0383/3. Developing a Guidebook Related to Dyslexia and Related Conditions.

Alternative Licensure

Lifetime Licensure

Grade Ranges for Educator Licenses

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