Senate approves changes to private school voucher systems

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Private schools in the state’s voucher programs would need to conduct background checks before hiring staff and would no longer need to meet some academic standards under a Senate bill approved Wednesday. The Department of Public Instruction and voucher advocates support the changes, some of which were in State Superintendent Evers’ budget proposal. > Wisconsin State Journal

Public listening sessions announced on statewide education plan

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The public will have an opportunity to learn about and comment on Wisconsin’s draft plan to implement the federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” during a series of listening sessions in June. The dates range from June 12 through June 27 in cities across the state. > Press release

Evers blasts cuts in Trump’s leaked education budget

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“The proposal seeks to benefit private schools, while drastically cutting funding for public schools,” said Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. His comments follow Wednesday’s Washington Post story detailing Trump’s planned education cuts. Based on documents the newspaper obtained, the details are much more specific than a blueprint released in March. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOP response to Evers’ invitation for education plan feedback? Virtually crickets.

Republicans are currently pushing for a new law mandating their feedback be heard on the state’s education accountability plan. But records obtained by The Associated Press today show that since DPI’s draft plan was provided in January, only one GOP lawmaker has submitted any comments.  >  AP / McClatchy

Education department’s school performance plan likely to spark Republican opposition, possibly lawsuit

Tony Evers’ Department of Public Instruction is about to release a far-reaching school performance plan under increasing scrutiny from the Republican-controlled Legislature and threat of a lawsuit over how the plan is being created.  >  Associated Press

Walker’s picks for UW Board of Regents stress college affordability

Michael T. Jones, who spent years as a lawyer for Miller Brewing before joining Michael Best and Friedrich, and Green Bay area banker Robert B. Atwell, each with a track record of contributions to Republican campaigns or conservative causes, would replace Jim Doyle appointees Edward Manydeeds and Mark Bradley on the UW Board of Regents. This would leave Tony Evers as the lone member of the university system’s governing board not appointed by Walker.  >  The Cap Times