Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance provides position papers and information about educational issues and policy decisions that affect public education.
The landscape of publicly funded K-12 education policy is changing rapidly. Some of the changes are healthy and promote a stronger and more effective learning experience, adding to the rich tradition of Wisconsin as a national education leader. Still, we find some changes are politically driven, ideologically based with a focus away from developing more effective schools and school districts. This White Paper provides an outline of priorities for policy makers emphasizing the essential aspects of defining a quality education and the elements of quality we aspire to provide all children whose K-12 education or educational services are publicly funded.
School and District Assessment
SWSA school district leaders are eager to embrace new and more effective methods to assess school success, to communicate those assessments to our public, and to use those assessments to improve instruction; all in a focused effort to improve outcomes and opportunity for all students. We oppose school accountability proposals that neglect to improve outcomes for students or are imposed unevenly. We welcome the opportunity to collaboratively develop a meaningful school accountability system that matches our vision.
Leveling the Playing Field
The landscape of publically funded K-12 education policy is changing rapidly; some of the changes are healthy and promote a stronger and more effective learning experience. Still, we find some changes are politically driven, ideologically-based and fail to focus on developing more effective schools and school districts. This white paper provides an outline of priorities for policymakers emphasizing equitable requirements for all schools and school services receiving public funds.