2. Report Released by the Education Law Center – Wisconsin’s Special Education Funding Crunch: How State Underfunding Disproportionately Harms Students in High-Poverty Districts
According to the report, in the 2019-20 school year, Wisconsin schools reported their special education costs were $1.82 billion which covers the state’s 120,000 students with disabilities. After factoring in the state special education reimbursement and federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools were facing a $1.25 billion shortfall from unfunded special education costs. The report highlights that not only are special education programs underfunded, but the impact of the underfunded is falling heavier on high-poverty districts which generally have higher special education enrollments.
3. WISEstaff Preliminary Certification Deadline Reminder - November 17, 2022
The deadline for WISEstaff preliminary certification of licensed assignments is November 17, 2022. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) needs your data submitted for preliminary certification by this date or it will not be captured in the preliminary license audit snapshot. The preliminary license audit snapshot will be your only opportunity to make corrections. Corrections as a result of the preliminary license audit can then be made at any time before the final certification deadline on March 21, 2023.
If you have not already begun or need to complete this process, log in to the WISEstaff application and update your WISEstaff contact information (Resources > Update Contact Info). After that, log in to the WISEid application and upload your staff person records prior to beginning your contract and/or assignment file uploads. If needed, prioritize submitting your licensed staff assignments.