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Capitol Update

By Dee Pettack | September 18, 2023

Last week Thursday, Senate Republicans voted to override Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget move to provide $325 per student in public school funding increases for the next four centuries, though the boost enacted through the governor’s veto pen stays in place for now.

The Joint Finance Committee also had the objection withdrawn regarding including voucher expenditures from the financial dashboard created under 2021 Act 89.  Unless a new objection is filed by 5pm today the financial dashboard will continue to move forward as designed by the committee, including the deduction of funds to pay for voucher students.

ESSER II Reminder:

DPI will be sending a reminder this week that ESSER II funds must be spent by September 30, 2023. They are encouraging school district leaders to check on your district’s ESSER II balance. In addition, please remember that the federal government allows for late liquidation, but late liquidation only gives districts an extension to claim on ESSER II funds that were spent before the deadline of September 30, 2023. Any funds that are not spent by September 30, 2023 must be returned to the federal government and may allow elected officials to make the case that school districts are not in need of funding.

Resources for ESSER II, including details about DPI open office hours, can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/crrsaa/esser-ii.

Wisconsin Policy and Research Forum Event:

The Wisconsin Policy Forum will be hosting a virtual event on September 29th on teacher workforce challenges in Wisconsin.  The program will begin with a presentation on their new research on teacher turnover, State Superintendent Jill Underly will also take part in that discussion.  Additional panelists will provide expertise commentary on the areas of teacher certification, recruitment, and professional development.

The event is virtual and free to register for at: Wisconsin Policy Forum | Events (wispolicyforum.org)

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