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General Election Sprint Begins with Attacks

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

From … Both sides wasted little time in going after Dem guv nominee Tony Evers and GOP Senate nominee Leah Vukmir with new ads signaling the sprint to the November general election. The state GOP announced a TV and digital ad accusing Evers, the state superintendent, of failing to keep students safe. The spot […]

DOJ Unveiling 2nd Round of Safety Grants

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

From … The state Department of Justice is unveiling the second round of the school safety grant program today aimed at bolstering mental health initiatives in schools, among other things. The announcement comes as the agency has weighed options for spending the remaining $43.4 million of state funding under the newly created $100 million […]

Evers: DOJ Should Use Remaining Safety Money for School Mental Health

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

From … State schools Superintendent Tony Evers says the state Department of Justice should use the remaining $40 million-plus in school safety grant funding to prioritize mental health. Evers’ comments came at a news conference yesterday at Schenk Elementary School in Madison, where he also unveiled the Department of Public Instruction’s 2019-21 budget request […]

DPI Announces Mental Health Grants

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Sixty-four school districts and consortiums are sharing $3.25 million in state grant funding to provide school-based mental health services. Additional information is available in the Department of Public Instruction news release here.

WPEN Summer Summit

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

The Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN), a project of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES), is a nonpartisan coalition of parents, students, educators, school board members, administrators, community leaders and education policy experts united behind one objective — advocating for Wisconsin public schools. WPEN is now taking registrations for its Fourth Annual Summer Summit, August 1st […]

Employee Personnel Files and Public Records Requests

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

From the Legal Side . . . In its most recent Legal Update, the Strang Patteson Law Firm reviews a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision highlighting the application of Wisconsin’s Public Records Law to requests for employee personnel records, specifically records involving the investigation of a complaint against a public employee. The SAA regularly receives […]

SAA Following the Work of Two Study Committees

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The SAA is following two Legislative Council Study Committees as they meet over the next several months (the web page links below will allow you to follow the work of these important committees): Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and […]

SAA Member Jeff Wright Running for State Assembly

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

For the past 16+ years that I have served as the SAA’s lobbyist, SAA members have talked about the importance of school administrators getting elected to the Legislature. Yet, during that time, we haven’t had many administrators step up to run.  In 2016, Jeff Wright, assistant superintendent for the Sauk Prairie Schools, ran a strong […]

School Law Update: Recent Matters of Interest

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

From the Legal Side . . . In its most recent newsletter, Boardman Clark provides an update on a number of court decisions or other matters that have been in the news recently. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to […]

SAA Re-Issuing Priority Legislative Alert on PI 34 Rule

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The SAA is re-issuing its Priority Legislative Alert on the Educator Licensure Rule Changes (PI 34).  The licensure flexibility that WASDA, WASBO, AWSA, WCASS and WASPA worked so hard to achieve in the PI 34 rule is in jeopardy. The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) held a public hearing last Thursday, June 7th on […]

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