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84 Schools to Participate in Special Needs Voucher Program

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has posted a list of the 84 schools that have registered to participate in the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) for the 2018-19 school year. The list includes 56 schools that will be new to the program. The application period begins July 1. For more information, see the DPI News […]

Split Decision in Tuesday’s Special Elections

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

From … Dem Caleb Frostman won a special election Tuesday for the vacant 1st SD, flipping a seat in northeastern Wisconsin that Donald Trump won by 17.5 points two years ago. Meanwhile, Republican Jon Plumer kept the 42nd AD in GOP hands, running close to the president’s 2016 performance in the district northeast of […]

SAA Testifies At Blue Ribbon Commission

Monday, June 4th, 2018

This morning, SAA Executive Director John Forester testified before the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.  This was the Commission’s eighth and final public hearing.  The SAA attended every Blue Ribbon Commission public hearing and meeting, and we worked very hard to develop testimony that was representative of the entire SAA membership.  We hope you […]

School Law Update: Legal Issues Regarding Student Fees

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

From the Legal Side… With summer school right around the corner, districts should be aware of the legal limitations in collecting and refunding summer school fees.   The Boardman & Clark law firm has recently issued a School Law Update on this topic. The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA […]

SAA to Testify at Final Blue Ribbon Commission Hearing June 4th

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold an informational hearing at 9:00 a.m. followed by a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. or immediately following the conclusion of the informational hearing on Monday, June 4th in Room 412 East, State Capitol.  This is the last of eight public hearings the Commission has scheduled. During the informational […]

Kitchens, Olsen Split on Major Funding Formula Overhaul

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

From . . . After eight public hearings across the state in five months, the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding are split on the extent and nature of changes they could propose to the formula. Still, both Sen. Luther Olsen and Rep. Joel Kitchens say they’ll meet Speaker Robin Vos’ […]

DPI Releases Summary of 2017-18 Education Bills

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

DPI just released this summary of selected education-related bills that were enacted in the 2017-18 legislative session for your information.

Walker Directs Agencies to Plan for Zero Growth Budget

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

From The Wheeler Report . . . Governor Walker has given agencies directions for planning their 2019-21 budget.  Walker directed state agencies to plan a zero growth budget.  One of the exceptions to this directive is K-12 school aids. Governor’s Letter Major Budget Policies

Rep. Ed Brooks Will Not Seek Re-Election

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

From … GOP state Rep. Ed Brooks, of Reedsburg, announced today he will not seek re-election, citing his health. Brooks’ office said in a statement recent tests “indicated he needs to maintain control over the leukemia that he battled into remission last year.” “I’ve been humbled and honored to represent the good citizens from […]

Loophole in Wisconsin Parental Choice Program?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

In case you missed this, check out this interesting article from the Baraboo News Republic about a loophole in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

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