Challenges To Evers Taking Shape

By John Forester | August 22, 2016

Check out the WisPolitics interview with Jeff Holmes, Germantown Superintendent and candidate for State Superintendent.  WisPolitics orignally published this interview on June 13, 2016.

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Holtz Targets Graduation, Achievement Rates in State Superintendent Bid

By John Forester | August 22, 2016

Check out the WisPolitics interview with Lowell Holtz, recently retired Whitnall superintendent and candidate for state superintendent.

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DPI Seeks Input on Computer Science Academic Standards

By John Forester | August 18, 2016

The potential of computer science to drive job growth and innovation calls for elementary and secondary schools to prepare all students with foundational knowledge in the subject. To meet this need, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is requesting public comment on whether the state should develop model academic standards that describe what students should know and be able to do in computer science.

Additional information is available in the DPI news release here.

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141 Districts to Receive Sparsity Aid

By John Forester | August 17, 2016

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced today that 141 small rural districts across the state will share $17.7 million in sparsity aid for general school operations, which will be paid on the third Monday in September.

Additional information including a list of districts receiving aid is available in the DPI news release here.

A map showing distribution of aid is available here.

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School Data Committee Selects Options for Further Discussion

By John Forester | August 17, 2016

From The Wheeler Report . . .

At the conclusion of today’s committee Chairman Thiesfeldt asked committee members to start compiling ideas for Legislative Council to have available for the September 14 meeting.  Committee members asked for options on:

Student Privacy Officer’ written into statutes, hired and supervised by the Department of Public Instruction. There was discussion about looking at the Georgia legislation with regards to this suggestion.

The study committee heard from the DOA Chief Information Officer, David Cagigal. Cagigal told members that Wisconsin has an advantage over other states because they have a centralized data information center, meaning it is easier to protect against intrusions and hacks from outside sources. Cagigal said that in March the state received 146 million emails and 95% of them were bad (non-business related). Cagigal said that number is high, and that the average monthly emails are usually closer to 70-90 million emails.

DPI testified on specifically what information the agency (and schools) collects, and what information the agency (and schools) don’t collect on students.

A presentation by Brennan McMahon Parton of Data Quality Campaign. Parton told committee members that Wisconsin is not unique in studying student data.  In 2013, one state had a bill related to student data privacy. In 2014, there were 110 bills related to student data privacy in 36 states. In 2015, there were 188 bills related to student data privacy in 47 states. In 2016, there were an additional 113 bills related to student data privacy in 34 different states. The presentation made the following recommendations for building a state data privacy and security policy:

Caitriona Fitzgerald, a policy coordinator from the Electronic Policy Information Center (EPIC) provided information about the risks to students when data is collected.  She completed her presentation with recommendations on how Wisconsin could adopt a Student Privacy Bill of Rights:

Documents and Presentations from today’s meeting:

Next Meeting on Wednesday, September 14. Rep. Thiesfeldt said the committee will probably not meet in October.

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Walker Approval Rating Remains 38%

By John Forester | August 11, 2016

Check out the news article on the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll from Wisconsin Public Radio.

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School Data Committee to Hold Second Meeting

By John Forester | August 10, 2016

The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data will hold its second meeting beginning at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 16th in Room 412 East, State Capitol.  See the preliminary committee agenda here.

As you know, several school administrators are members of this important study committee.  The SAA will continue to monitor the committee’s work and keep the SAA membership informed of any significant developments.  Stay tuned.

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DPI to Hold Hearing on SAGE/AGR Rule

By John Forester | August 10, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will conduct a hearing from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25, at the DPI’s headquarters, in Madison to accept public testimony on modifications to rules for the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program and the recently created Achievement Gap Reduction program so the administrative rules align with current law.

Additional information is available in the DPI news release here.

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Primary Results, General Election Matchups

By John Forester | August 10, 2016

For more information on yesterday’s primary election results, as well as the general election matchups for Congress, Senate and Assembly, see the following from The Wheeler Report:

Primary Results
 
Congress General Election
 
Senate General Election
 
Assembly General Election

 

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Wisconsin Incumbents Survive Primary Challenges

By John Forester | August 10, 2016

From WisPolitics.com …

Every incumbent member of the House delegation and the state Legislature who faced a challenge survived primary day in Wisconsin.

House Speaker Paul Ryan as well as U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Sean Duffy all garnered more than 80 percent of the vote yesterday.

Other incumbent winners last night included a host of Assembly Dems plus state Sen. Lena Taylor, who got 61 percent of the vote in the 4th Senate District against fellow Milwaukee Dem, Rep. Mandela Barnes.

In the state’s most competitive congressional district this fall, Mike Gallagher, getting 74 percent of the primary vote, beat state Sen. Frank Lasee and Terry McNulty to win the 8th CD primary in northeastern Wisconsin. The ex-Marine will go on to meet Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson in the November election in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood.

In the targeted 18th Senate District around Fond du Lac, Republican Dan Feyen, whose opponent was stung by negative ads, emerged to take on Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris, who won his Dem primary. One of them will succeed retiring Republican Sen. Rick Gudex.

And in other Milwaukee primary races of note, former state Rep. Jason Fields is poised to return to the Assembly while Rep. LaTonya Johnson is in line to succeed departing Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd.

See more from yesterday’s primaries in the WisPolitics Election Blog.

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