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Legislative Council Symposia Series on Early Literacy Begins Today

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

The Legislative Council Symposia on Early Literacy Policies will begin at 2pm today, Wednesday, August 5th. The Symposia Series on Early Literacy Policies will present information on how children learn to read, focusing on the research done by cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, teacher preparation professionals, and early childhood developmental researchers. The Series will include presentations each […]

Fitzgerald Gauging Support Among Senate Republicans to Overturn Evers’ Mask Mandate

Friday, July 31st, 2020

From … Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he wants the Legislature to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate and is gauging support in the Senate GOP to reconvene for a vote. Fitzgerald’s statement came after several Senate Republicans urged the Legislature — which has been on the floor once since the pandemic began […]

Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency, Issues Mask Mandate

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

From … Citing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tony Evers today issued a new public health emergency and along with a mandate that people wear a mask while indoors. Under the mandate, effective Saturday, those 5 and older are required to wear a face covering when they’re inside or an enclosed space, other […]

SAA Members Testify at Informational Hearing

Monday, July 27th, 2020

At an informational hearing on virtual learning last Thursday, July 23rd before the the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection, three superintendents – John Gaier (Neillsville), Mary Pfeiffer (Neenah) and Brad Saron (Sun Prairie) – delivered outstanding testimony on their virtual learning experiences during the school closure as well as their plans […]

Evers Announces GEER Funding for K-12 Schools

Monday, July 27th, 2020

From The Wheeler Report . . . Governor Evers announced 155 local education agencies (LEAs) are eligible for funding through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. According to the release, “Based on recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and in consultation with State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the governor outlined eligibility criteria […]

SAA Advocates for Federal Education Stabilization Funding

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

The SAA today sent a letter to our U.S. Senators in support of K-12 education stabilization funding.  Letter to Senator Johnson

Governor Announces Additional Agency Budget Cuts

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

From The Wheeler Report . . .  Governor Evers announced he has directed the Department of Administration to work with agencies to identify another $250 million in cost savings for FY20-21. The cuts are needed to offset the impact of Covid-19 on Wisconsin’s economy. Evers said, “All state and local governments are now experiencing the difficult […]

Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Virtual Education

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

From The Wheeler Report . . .  The Senate Committee On Government Operations, Technology, & Consumer Protection will hold an informational hearing on virtual education at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 23rd, in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The Committee will hear invited testimony from: Wisconsin Virtual Academy Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Association of School […]

AASA Letter on School COVID-19 Liability Relief

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

On July 8th, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, joined other national school leadership groups in a letter to Congressional leaders in support of temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The SAA continues to work on this important issue at the state level as well.

State Revenues Lagging by $749 Million

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

From … State revenues for 2019-20 collected so far are $749 million behind what Wisconsin took in during the previous fiscal year, according to a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Still, LFB Director Bob Lang noted it will be late August before the agency has a clear picture on how the economic fallout from COVID-19 […]

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