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DPI Seeks $1.4 Billion Increase in Budget Request

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

From … The Department of Public Instruction wants more than $1.4 billion in new GPR in the 2021-23 budget to boost school aids, special education funding and support for mental health. The budget proposal the agency submitted to the Evers administration in September left out its requests for school aids. In a follow-up submission […]

LeMahieu Elected Senate Majority Leader, Kapenga Senate President

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

From … Senate Republicans today selected Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, to be the next majority leader and tapped Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, for Senate president. LeMahieu beat out Sen. Roger Roth, R-Appleton, to succeed Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, who won the 5th CD this week. Kapenga beat Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, for the No. […]

SAA Submits Questions to State Superintendent Candidates

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Today, the SAA asked the candidates for State Superintendent to respond in writing to a number of questions on current education issues impacting Wisconsin public schools and public school children.  Our intention is to forward the candidate responses to the entire SAA membership as soon as they are received.  The responses will also be accessible […]

Wisconsin 2020 Election Results

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

From the Wheeler Report… Here are the preliminary Wisconsin 2020 Election Results as compiled by The Wheeler Report.

School Referendum Results

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

From the Wheeler Report… District District Name Total Amount Type Brief Description 0084 Passed Alma $335,000.00 RR – 2021 A recurring referendum to exceed the revenue cap by $335,000 beginning with the 2021-22 school year. 2450 Passed Arrowhead UHS $8,500,000.00 NR – 2020 To exceed the revenue limit by $1,700,000 per year, for five years, […]

Wisconsin Dems Fall Short of Big Gains in Assembly; GOP Expands Majority in State Senate

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

From … Dems prevented Republicans from reaching two-thirds majorities in either house of the Legislature, but they fell short of big gains in the Assembly. Still, Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate, while Dems only knocked off just two Assembly GOP incumbents despite significant spending advantages in their favor. Former DATCP Secretary […]

Legal Update: New Unemployment Insurance Notice Requirement

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

From the Legal Side… The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced a new unemployment insurance notification requirement, beginning on November 2, 2020, that affects all employers including school districts.  This week, the Strang Patteson and BoardmanClark law firms each issued legal updates (linked below) on this issue. Strang Patteson Legal Update BoardmanClark Legal […]

Kenosha News: Schools Shouldn’t Be Penalized for 2020 Enrollment Dips

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Earlier this week the Kenosha News penned and editorial arguing that K-12 public schools should not be penalized for the COVID-19 induced 2020 enrollment dips.  The editorial was also reprinted in yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal.  Check it out here.

Wisconsin Receives Federal School-Based Mental Health Grant

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction received a federal grant award to aid Wisconsin schools in expanding priority areas in student mental health. Through a competitive grant process, Wisconsin was one of six states selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month. The federal grant totals $10 million over five […]

Legal Update: The First Amendment for Schools in 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

From the Legal Side… In its most recent Legal Update, the von Briesen & Roper Law Firm  focuses on First Amendment legal and practical considerations for schools in 2020. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the […]

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