April 30, 2015
March 14, 2019
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has filed a suit against the Wisconsin Education Agency to “determine if SPI/DPI are illegally implementing federal law [ESSA], without the proper state authority,” WILL argues that the Wisconsin DPI, along with other states, have to get...
November 29, 2017
Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools,” reports Dian Schaffhauser in T.H.E. Journal. As “a recent webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education laid out, such collaborations can help districts implement plans for...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...
September 18, 2017
Wisconsin submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “over objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that it didn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding taxpayer-funded private school choice programs.”
September 14, 2017
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker refused to sign the state’s ESSA plan. In a letter Walker and his administration cited concerns with the plan: “Your bureaucratic proposal does little to challenge the status quo for the benefit of Wisconsin’s students
June 24, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will host the final public session on the state’s ESSA plan. Discussions will focus “around four main points of the plan: school accountability, educator development, school improvement and student supports.”
June 2, 2017
The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction will host six public forums to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. The events will feature “short presentations to provide information about the plan followed by guided discussions around four key areas: school accountability, educator development, school improvement, and student...
May 1, 2017
The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction released its ESSA implementation plan for public review. The state will submit the plan to the US Dept. of Education by September 18.
April 23, 2017
Wisconsin’s Dept. of Public Instruction is scheduled to release its draft ESSA plan on Friday, as some Republican legislators continue to criticize their lack of involvement in the process.
February 14, 2017
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce sent a joint letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, discussing concern over the lack of involvement by the state legislature when drafting the state’s ESSA implementation plan. The groups argued that, by failing to...
January 19, 2017
Republican state legislators argued that “executive branch officials are ignoring them,” alleging that “Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and the state Education Department have made ‘unilateral decisions’ about Wisconsin’s ESSA plan.” In response, Republican lawmakers have announced that they “intend to write legislation that...
January 6, 2017
Members of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty released a memo criticizing the Wisconsin Superintendent for the Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) for “acting alone” on ESSA. The memo argued that DPI is “making unilateral decisions” on the state’s plan with “very little consultation with...
July 27, 2016
The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction staff held a listening session last week focused on how to implement ESSA.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.