More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 29, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Paul Mielke (Hamilton), Judy Mueller (Franklin).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Hamilton Legislator Letter

Franklin Legislator Letter

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DOR Releases May 2020 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Update

By John Forester | May 29, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has just released it’s May 2020 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Update.  It’s pretty sobering stuff.  The opening bullet points of the Forecast appear below:

Given the massive uncertainty facing US and global economic conditions, this outlook is reflective of the current data available and is subject to significant revisions (emphasis added), as additional information and national forecasts become available.

Wisconsin Economic Forecast Update – May 2020

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 28, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Craig Gerlach (Stevens Point), Lori Mueller (Baraboo), Traci Davis (Juda), John Thomsen (Whitefish Bay), Allen Brokopp (Monticello).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Stevens Point Legislator Letter

Baraboo Legislator Letter

Juda Legislator Letter

Whitefish Bay Legislator Letter

Monticello Legislator Letter

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Briggs Joins State Superintendent Race

By John Forester | May 26, 2020

From WisPolitics.com . . .

Sheila Briggs, who has spent the past nine years as an assistant state superintendent, today announced her campaign to become Wisconsin’s next top education official.

Briggs began her education career teaching 4K and kindergarten in Madison schools before becoming an elementary principal. She then joined the district’s central office as lead principal for elementary schools before joining the Department of Public Instruction.

There, she became assistant superintendent overseeing the Division of Academic Excellence. The division includes teams that support teachers and others that focus on student achievement.

Wisconsin has persistently shown a gap in the test scores of white students compared to those of minorities, but Briggs said she is heartened by pilot program designed to help districts implement high standards and quality instruction.

She also argued the state will need to continue education investments in making sure kids have access to broadband and computers to guard against them falling behind due to the impact of COVID-19 on classroom instruction.

“You can almost feel it in your heart the gap widening,” she said in an interview.

Briggs is the second candidate to announce plans to run next year with Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor announcing she won’t seek a full term after being appointed by Gov. Tony Evers to replace him in the role. The primary would be Feb. 16.

Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly announced her campaign earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Troy Gunderson, who retires July 31 after 10 years as the West Salem superintendent, said today he’s still weighing a bid.

Briggs also said in the interview she believes the state should focus its K-12 funding on public schools. She wouldn’t support an immediate end to the state’s voucher program, but believes it should be phased out.

“It is important for us to take a look at whether or not our state can fiscally support two separate school systems, especially as we’re facing huge shortfalls going forward,” she said. “I think it’s a great time to reevaluate our finances and try to determine if we can continue down this path or if we want to put all of our investments into strong public schools for kids.”

See Brigg’s release here.

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 26, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Bernie Nikolay (Cambridge), Randy Bergman (Prentice), Phillip Tubbs (Weyauwega-Fremont), Rick Spicuzza (Prescott), Jeff Weiss (South Milwaukee).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Cambridge Legislator Letter

Prentice Legislator Letter, 

Weyauwega-Fremont Legislator Letter

Prescott Legislator Letter

South Milwaukee Legislator Letter

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 26, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Jeff Jacobson (Dodgeville), Kurt Cohen (Potosi), Tina Van Meer (Gibraltar), Aaron Engel (G-E-T).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Dodgeville Legislator Letter

Potosi Legislator Letter

Gibraltar Legislator Letter

G-E-T Legislator Letter

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Unique Challenges Facing Rural Schools

By John Forester | May 26, 2020

Check out this news story from the Wisconsin State Journal about the unique challenges schools have in delivering instruction to children in rural areas.

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 22, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Amy Starzecki (Superior), Seth Harvatine (Sheboygan).

And also check out the Slide Show Jim Boebel (Platteville) sent to his legislators as well.

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Superior Legislator Letter

Sheboygan Legislator Letter

Platteville: Our Story

 

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 21, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Jenny Starck (Cadott), Nate Burklund (Niagara), Willy Chambers (Black Hawk), Jeff Sauer (Bowler), Jordan Sinz (Wisconsin Heights), Don Kirkegaard (West Bend).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Cadott Legislator Letter

Niagara Legislator Letter

Black Hawk Legislator Letter

Bowler Legislator Letter

Wisconsin Heights Legislator Letter

West Bend Legislator Letter

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More Districts Tell The Story

By John Forester | May 20, 2020

The following superintendents have sent letters to their districts’ legislators “telling their story” about how they are serving their students during the COVID-19 crisis:  Diane Johnson (Birchwood), Laurie Asher (Seymour), Jean Born (Sheboygan Falls), Julie Prouty (Ithaca).

The SAA encourages other districts to tell their story to their legislators as well.  Forward those letters to the SAA and we will keep posting them.

COME ON!  LET’S TELL THE STORY!

Birchwood Legislator Letter

Seymour Legislator Letter

Sheboygan Falls Legislator Letter

Ithaca Legislator Letter

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