Month: August 2021

Month: August 2021

Common Sense Wisconsin Releases Power Education Blueprint

August 17, 2021

Around the country we have seen a number of new education policy proposals that empower parents in K-12 education. Even in states that are not traditional sources of educational options, the pandemic has engaged parents in a manner that is garnering strong reactions. Today, here in Wisconsin, we see a new proposal that expands our existing parental choice options.  By eliminating a number of remaining barriers, parents would have significantly more control across all sectors of education for all parents. Common Sense Wisconsin released the Power Education Blueprint with an agenda for reforming and enhancing the way families engage with…

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School Choice, St. Bruno’s, and Annalise

August 10, 2021

DOUSMAN, WI – On a cold afternoon in February, Annalise Cartwright had a parent-teacher conference unlike any other before. She sat in the brightly colored miniature chairs, customary for her 4-year-old Kindergarten classroom, with her mom, Melissa; dad, Allen; teacher, Juanita Gutbrod; and principal, Ben Holzem. They tried to break the news gently. A fire earlier in the day had destroyed their home and everything in it, even her Barbie house, Annalise’s favorite among toys. As tragic as the day was, it also gave the Cartwrights a deeper understanding and appreciation for what St. Bruno’s Catholic School had become to…

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EANS Funding Seminar

August 10, 2021

School Choice Wisconsin’s first EANS funding seminar was a roundtable discussion for school staff members to ask questions and share information about EANS stimulus funds. The panel included Lori Saqer of Messmer High School, Brian Frank of St Augustine Preparatory Academy, and Donna Bembenek of Catholic Memorial High School. A complete FAQ from this roundtable can be found on our blog. The EANS funding seminar goes into detail about most of the questions schools have regarding allowable purchases, working with CESA6, supporting learning loss, hiring additional staff, transportation costs, additional summer school classes, and reimbursement deadlines. This seminar gives school administrators the detailed…

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