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Legal Update: New Unemployment Insurance Notice Requirement

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

From the Legal Side… The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced a new unemployment insurance notification requirement, beginning on November 2, 2020, that affects all employers including school districts.  This week, the Strang Patteson and BoardmanClark law firms each issued legal updates (linked below) on this issue. Strang Patteson Legal Update BoardmanClark Legal […]

Kenosha News: Schools Shouldn’t Be Penalized for 2020 Enrollment Dips

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Earlier this week the Kenosha News penned and editorial arguing that K-12 public schools should not be penalized for the COVID-19 induced 2020 enrollment dips.  The editorial was also reprinted in yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal.  Check it out here.

Wisconsin Receives Federal School-Based Mental Health Grant

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction received a federal grant award to aid Wisconsin schools in expanding priority areas in student mental health. Through a competitive grant process, Wisconsin was one of six states selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month. The federal grant totals $10 million over five […]

Legal Update: The First Amendment for Schools in 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

From the Legal Side… In its most recent Legal Update, the von Briesen & Roper Law Firm  focuses on First Amendment legal and practical considerations for schools in 2020. 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 […]

Evers’ Administration Final Accounting for 2019-20

Friday, October 16th, 2020

From WisPolitics.com . . . The Evers administration’s final accounting of 2019-20 shows the general fund finished the fiscal year with $89.2 million less than originally expected when the two-year budget was signed last summer. That figure accounts for all of the spending in legislation that was signed during the fiscal year, the revised revenue […]

DPI Releases 2020-21 General School Aids, Fall Student Count & Revenue Limit Information

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today posted state general school aids school districts will receive during the current school year. The information published includes certified general school aid amounts for each school district, as well as 2020-21 student enrollment numbers for independent charter schools and private schools participating in state parental choice programs. For […]

47 School Referenda On November 3 Ballot

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

From the Wheeler Report… There are 47 school referendum in 37 different school districts on the November 3 ballot. That includes: 20 referendum to issue debt ($925 million) Madison $317 million Wausau $155 million Oshkosh $107 million 10 referendum to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis ($44 million) Madison $33 million Marshfield $3.5 […]

Pandemic School Stability Package Circulated for Co-Sponsorship

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Today, Democrat Senators Larson and Smith and Democrat Representatives Pope and Considine circulated for co-sponsorship the Pandemic School Stability Package (see links below).  The Package consists of two bills that address five of the agenda items from the SAA Statutory Flexibility Agenda – Pupil Counts, Transportation Aid, Fund 46 Flexibility, and Suspension of Student Assessments […]

2019-20 Estimated School Districts State Support

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

From The Wheeler Report . . . The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the 2019-20 Estimated State Support for School Districts. According to the memo, state funding was at 64.9% for 2017-18, 65.35% for 2018-19, and 65.36% for the 2019-20 school year.

Evers Administration Places New Restrictions on Indoor Public Gatherings

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

From WisPolitics.com … Gov. Tony Evers’ administration issued a new order today limiting indoor public gatherings to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, placing new restrictions on bars, restaurants and other private businesses as the state has become one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19 cases. The order, issued by DHS Secretary Andrea Palm, takes […]

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