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WPF: Fewer Education Grads Pose Threat to Teacher Workforce

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

In its most recent FOCUS publication, the Wisconsin Policy Forum reports, “The number and share of college graduates earning degrees in education is declining in southeast Wisconsin, which is a concerning trend for area schools and the regional and statewide economy.” While the report focuses on southeast Wisconsin, it speaks to the broader education workforce […]

WPF Report on 2020-21 School Enrollment Disruptions

Friday, August 6th, 2021

The Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) has released a report on 2020-21 school enrollment and the implications of the pandemic enrollment disruptions for Wisconsin school districts moving forward.  Check it out here.

Education Committees to Take Up Bills Banning the Teaching of Race or Sex Stereotypes

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

From … The Legislature’s education committees have scheduled a joint hearing next week to take testimony on bills Republican sponsors say would ban critical race theory in K-12 schools by prohibiting the teaching of race or sex stereotypes. Critical race theory is often defined as a concept that institutions in the United States are […]

DPI 2021-23 Biennial Budget Summary

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released its Summary of 2021 Wisconsin Act 58 (the 2021-23 Biennial Budget).  This document summarizes action on the state budget for K-12 school funding, public libraries and lifelong learning, and the Department’s operations.  Check it out here.

Guv Calls Special Session to Spend $550 Million on Education

Monday, July 26th, 2021

From … Assembly Republicans will try to override Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of legislation seeking to cut off enhanced federal unemployment benefits when the chamber convenes tomorrow. Meanwhile, Evers wants lawmakers to approve $550 million for K-12 and higher ed while they’re in the Capitol, calling a special session tomorrow to coincide with the […]

LFB Analysis of Governor’s High Cost Transportation Partial Veto

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has produced a memo detailing the impact of the High Cost Transportation Aid Program Modification Under Enrolled AB 68 and Under 2021 Act 58. Governor Evers used an item veto to delete the eligibility criterion limiting eligibility to districts with a membership of less than 3,500 pupils and restore the prior […]

Evers Suggests $100 Million Will Be Distributed On Per Pupil Basis

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Comments from the Evers administration, detailed in a Wisconsin State Journal article from this morning, suggest that the $100 million in additional federal funds for K-12 education that the Governor announced last week during the state budget signing will be distributed on a per pupil basis.  Check it out here.  We will forward additional information […]

Evers Signs State Budget

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

From … Gov. Tony Evers OK’d a more than $2 billion income tax cut that reduces one of Wisconsin’s three brackets as he largely signed off on the budget that Republicans sent him last week. But he nixed a provision to update income tax withholding tables and a $550 million transfer to the budget […]

Second School Funding Benchmark Could Jeopardize CIVID-19 Relief Funding

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

From … Some new guidance from the U.S. Education Department added a wrinkle in the debate over education funding ahead of Evers’ final deliberations on the budget. The budget GOP lawmakers produced met one benchmark to qualify Wisconsin for $2.3 billion in federal aid. But citing the new guidance from the Biden administration, Department […]

Evers to Act on State Budget This Morning

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

From … Gov. Tony Evers will take action on the budget today during a morning news conference at a Whitefish Bay elementary school, his office said. Evers will be joined by Revenue Secretary Peter Barca and new state schools Superintendent Jill Underly. The guv also will travel to an Eau Claire hospital and UW-Green […]

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