WCRIS supports the unique missions of member schools through advocacy, education and partnerships,
to ensure an extraordinary education and equitable opportunity for each child.

Legislature Poised to Fix Teacher License Glitch

Thanks to advocacy from WCRIS, the Senate has passed an amended bill that will count private school teachers experience in the new teacher life license process.

The amended bill is pending review by the Assembly before it adjourns Thursday Feb. 22.

Under current law, the DPI can not issue a life license to a provisional license holder unless the provisional license holder has successfully completed six semesters of teaching, administrator or pupil services experience AND unless a public school board has certified that experience to the DPI.

Current law also requires life licenses be invalidated if a teacher is not actively employed by a school district for five or more consecutive years.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, chair of the Assembly Education Committee, and Senator Luther Olsen, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, each introduced an amendment to an existing bill that eliminated the requirement that school boards certify successful completion of semesters of experience, AND it will require the DPI to define by rule what it means to successfully complete a semester of experience.

The amendment to AB851 & SB711 also gives the DPI authority to define “regularly employed in education,” rather than requiring employment be in a public school district.

Once the Assembly approves the bill, it goes to the Governor for review.
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WCRIS Helps Defeat WIAA Proposal Targeting Private Schools

February 01, 2018
Private School Representative Brings Issue to Attention
Thanks to WCRIS advocacy, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted in opposition of the most recent plan to address competitive equity at its January meeting Wednesday. The Board voted 6-5 against a basketball “Rural/Urban” competitive equity plan initiated by the Board. The proposal sought to place schools in Divisions 3, 4 and 5 by [...]
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SNSP Training

January 31, 2018
New SNSP Schools May Register for Training in February
The Department will be holding a training from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 12 for schools that are interested in joining the Special Needs Scholarship Program in the 2018-19 school year. This training will provide an overview of the Special Needs Scholarship Program registration process and the program in general. Participants may choose to participate in person [...]
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Special Edition: New Help for K-12 Tuition

January 29, 2018
New Tax Law Changes Help Families with K-12 Tuition
The Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump December 22 included a provision that allows parents to use state 529 savings accounts for K-12 tuition. Wisconsin has a 529 Savings account called EdVest. It allows people to  put pre-tax money aside for college expenses. Now, thanks to the new federal law,  K-12 school tuition [...]
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  1. All children have the right to quality, affordable education.
  2. Economic status should not determine whether a child receives a quality education.
  3. Our educational system must be designed to facilitate the growth of quality educational institutions, both public and private.
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