Friday, September 26, 2014

State of Education Address

State Superintendent Tony Evers delivered his annual State of Education address yesterday.

In his speech Superintendent Evers highlighted the work of the Speaker’s Task Force on Rural Schools this past session.  He plans to work towards passing legislation this coming session that will support rural schools, including assisting with improved broadband and technology. 

Superintendent Evers also promises to introduce the Fair Funding for Our Future package again and stressed the importance of action being taken in the budget for school funding reform.  One of the main objectives of the package is to return state aid to the two-thirds funding commitment as well as appropriately adjusting the formula for such factors as poverty, rural districts and those with declining enrollment.  There would be an increase in state general equalization aid to all school districts under the proposal.

Other highlights include Wisconsin’s heightened academic standards, the implementation of Smarter Balanced and ACT tests as new student assessments, a new statewide educator effectiveness system as well as the success of the school report cards.  Evers also launched Promoting Excellence for All which is to serve as a resource for closing the achievement gap in Wisconsin.

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