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DPI Releases ESSA Draft State Plan

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement today on the Department of Public Instruction’s publication of the first draft of the state’s plan for implementing federal education law as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan will now undergo a public comment period through June 30. Additional information is available in the […]

Should Taxpayers Pay for Private School Vouchers?

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Check out the WQOW (Eau Claire) coverage of the voucher issue in the Eau Claire area.  Eau Claire Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck is quoted extensively.

Proposed Penalties for Gun Threats Against Schools

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Check out the NBC15 (Madison) coverage of Senate Bill 82.  The SAA-supported bill proposes penalties for those making gun threats against schools.  Middleton-Cross Plains Superintendent George Mavroulis is quoted extensively, as is Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), the bill’s author.

More Start Date Resolutions

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Check out the school board resolutions below in support of school start date repeal. Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA. Mondovi Resolution Reedsburg Resolution

School Referendum Bills Introduced

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The six bills relating to school referenda have been introduced in the Senate.  Five of them have also been introduced in the Assembly.  Please note that the bills have been referred to four different Senate committees.  Below we have linked each of the Senate bills and listed for each the relating clause, the committee the bill was […]

JFC to Begin Taking Budget Votes Monday

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

From WisPolitics.com … The Joint Finance Committee will take up the court system, Insurance and Employment Relations when it meets Monday for its first executive session on the budget. That includes the Judicial Commission, which Gov. Scott Walker wants to put under the control of the state Supreme Court, and the Judicial Council, which he […]

Notes From Final JFC Hearing

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Last Friday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s last public hearing on the 2017-19 state budget bill in Marinette.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Todd Carlson (Gillett), Wendy Dzurick (Marinette), Kim Eparvier (Peshtigo), Bec Kurzynske (Pulaski), Michelle Langenfeld (Green Bay), Aaron Malczewski (Oconto), Patrick Rau (Bonduel) and Mike Richie […]

Borsuk: No Time to Lose on Education

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Check out Alan Borsuk’s latest column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  The event referred to was hosted by the SAA on April 3rd in collaboration with Senator Luther Olsen and the National Conference of State Legislatures.  It was framed around the recommendations from the NCSL study, No Time to Lose. You can access videos of […]

Notes From JFC Hearing

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s fifth of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget bill in Ellsworth.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Barry Cain (Ellsworth), Mary Ann Hardebeck (Eau Claire), James Kuchta (Amery), Mark Luebker (Osceola), Patrick Olson (New Richmond), Bruce Quinton (Pepin), Eric Russell (Baldwin-Woodville), Cathleen […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s fourth of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget bill in Spooner.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  John Burnett (Spooner), David Bridenhagen (Shell Lake), Randy Drost (Rice Lake), Paul Uhren (Ladysmith), Kent Kindschy (Turtle Lake) and Kevin Shetler (Siren).  The following Minoqua-area superintendents also provided testimony in support of the Governor’s school […]

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