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Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School

Chair: Sen. Luther S. Olsen
Vice Chair: Rep. Paul F. Farrow
Legislative Council Staff:  Rachel Letzing and Jessica Karls-Ruplinger
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The Special Committee is directed to develop legislation to create and enhance opportunities for both lower and higher achieving students in high school. The committee shall: evaluate current options available to high school students for both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment, including the Youth Options Program; examine both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment options available to high school students in other states; and determine how to promote coordination between high schools, technical colleges, universities, and employers to ensure that high school students have the skills necessary to meet the workforce needs of employers in this state.


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Report to the Legislature
  • Joint Legislative Council's Report of the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School  JLCR-2013-02 (March 7, 2013).
  • 2013 Senate Bill 49
  • 2013 Senate Bill 50
  • 2013 Senate Bill 51
Responses from Letters
Response from the Department of Workforce Development.

Packet of material from CESA #7:

Recommendation to the Joint Legislative Council (January 16, 2013)
  • Report to the Joint Legislative Council, LCR 2013-02, Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School (January 7, 2013).
  • WLC: 0054/2, relating to academic and career plans.
  • WLC: 0056/2, relating to pupil assessments.
  • WLC: 0059/2, relating to the youth options program.
  • WLC: 0060/2, relating to the number of mathematics and science credits required for a high school diploma.
  • Packet of letters submitted with nonlegislative recommendations to the following recipients:  Governor Scott Walker; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers; Department of Workforce Development; Joint Committee on Audit; Joint Legislative Council; UW System; Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Wisconsin Association of School Boards; Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS); each of the WTCS colleges; and each of the cooperative educational service agencies.

December 19, 2012 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0052/2, relating to the number of English, mathematics, and science credits required for a high school diploma.
  • WLC: 0060/2, relating to the number of mathematics and science credits required for a high school diploma.
  • WLC: 0054/2, relating to academic and career plans.
  • WLC: 0056/2, relating to pupil assessments.
  • WLC: 0059/2, relating to the youth options program.
  • Notice of Mail Ballot.
December 17, Meeting
  • WLC: 0052/1, relating to the number of English, mathematics, and science credits required for a high school diploma and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0060/1, relating to the number of mathematics and science credits required for a high school diploma and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0054/1, relating to academic and career plans.
  • WLC: 0056/1, relating to pupil assessments and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0059/1, relating to the youth options program and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0062/1, relating to pupil assessments and making an appropriation.
  • Chart, Youth Options Enrollment and Credit History, submitted by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Draft Letter No. 1, to Governor Scott Walker, relating to the ACT Suite and WorkKeys (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 2, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to the ACT Suite and WorkKeys (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 3, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to including science in the PLAN test (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 4, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to alternative pathways to licensure (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 5, to Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Samantha Kerkman, Co-Chairs, Joint Committee on Audit, relating to an audit of work-based learning programs (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 6, to Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Samantha Kerkman, Co-Chairs, Joint Committee on Audit, relating to an audit of Youth Options, dual enrollment, and transcripted credit programs (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 7, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to outreach regarding programs available to high school students (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 8, to Secretary Reggie Newson, Department of Workforce Development, relating to outreach to businesses regarding opportunities involving high school students (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 9, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to competencies (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 10, to Superintendent Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction, relating to core abilities
    (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 11, to Kevin Reilly, President, University of Wisconsin System, and Rolf Wegenke, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, relating to educator preparation programs (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 12, to Senator Fred Risser and Representative Joan Ballweg, Co-Chairs, Joint Legislative Council, relating to a Special Committee to review educator preparation programs (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 13, to Senator Fred Risser and Representative Joan Ballweg, Co-Chairs, Joint Legislative Council, relating to a Special Committee to review the 20 education standards (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 14, to Governor Scott Walker, relating to the Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant Program (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 15, to John Ashley, Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, relating to mobile technical education labs (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 16, to Kathleen Cullen, Vice President, Teaching and Learning, Wisconsin Technical College System, relating to online courses (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 17, to Jim Rickabaugh, CESA 1, relating to technical education (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 18, relating to a taskforce to coordinate information and resources (December 17, 2012).
  • Draft Letter No. 19, relating to an online resource to facilitate communication and coordination (December 17, 2012).
  • Testimony, submitted by Jim Cleveland, Director of Educational Programs, Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.
  • Handout, Advancing Academic and Career Plans, submitted at the request of Chair Olsen, containing the recommendations of the Governorís Council on College and Workforce Readiness relating to academic and career plans.
  • Letter, submitted by Lisa Pugh, Disability Rights Wisconsin and Beth Swedeen, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Materials Received Relating to the Youth Apprenticeship Program:
    • Mark Hanson, City of Wausau, Fleet and Facilities Manager.
    • Suzi Okey, RN BSN, Patient Care Director, Medical-Surgical Units & Nursing Supervisors, Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital.
    • Don Feddick, Feddick Ford.
    • CA Sandberg, Owner, CACCC and CSN Structures, LLC.
    • Jackie Wojciechowski, CSM, CFPPD, Nutritional Services Manager, Saint Clare's Hospital.
    • Barbara LeDuc, President/CEO, Opportunities, Inc.
    • Cyndy Sandberg, Jefferson County School to Career
  • Letter, submitted by Kim Rooney, CEO, UnitedOne Credit Union.
  • Letter, submitted by Mary Greeneway, BSN, RN, BC, Clinical Education Coordinator, Youth Apprentice Mentor, Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County.
  • Handout, 50-State Mathematics Requirements for the Standard High School Diploma (March 2012).
  • Handout, Science Graduation Requirements:  Classes 2006 Through 2011 (Updated August 2006).
  • Draft Letter to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance, from Senator Luther Olsen, Chair and Representative Paul Farrow, Vice Chair, of the  Special Committee on Improving Educational opportunities in High School (November 13, 2012).
  • Memo No. 2, Options for Consideration by the Special Committee (November 15, 2012).
  • Plan of Study Handouts, submitted by Joni Burgin, Superintendent, Grantsburg School District, regarding iForward:  Wisconsinís Online Charter School serving students in grades 6-12:
  • PowerPoint presentation by James M. Golembeski, Executive Director, Bay Area Workforce Development Board.
  • Comments, submitted by Senator Tim Cullen, member of the Special Committee.
  • Handout, Beth Swedeen, Executive Director, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
October 24, Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Issues for Consideration by the Special Committee.
  • Spreadsheet, Credits Required for High School Graduation by School District, submitted by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Presentation, by Mary Diez, Ph.D., Alverno College and Patricia Hoben, Ph.D. Carmen High School of Science and Technology.
  • Handouts, by Patricia Hoben, Ph.D. Carmen High School of Science and Technology:
  • Presentation, by Nichole North Hester, Science Instructor/Instructional Coach; Andrew Briddell, Director of Instruction; and Paul Brost, Principal, Monona Grove High School.
  • Presentation, by Miles Tokheim, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, and Erica Kruger, Program Support Counselor, Madison Metropolitan School District.
  • Presentation, by Joe Garza, Superintendent, New Berlin School District.
  • Handouts from Mary Dietz, Dean of Education, Alverno College:
    • Ability-Based Learning Program
    • InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards:  A Resource for State Dialogue
September 13, Meeting
  • Report, Tim Sullivan, Special Consultant for Business and Workforce Development to Governor Walker.
  • Materials provided by Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Youth Apprenticeship Curriculum Coordinator, CESA 6:
  • Presentation by Lori Peacock, Career/Technical Education and Counseling Coordinator, Green Bay Area Public School District; and Steve Schneider, School Counselor, Sheboygan South High School:
  • Materials and presentations by the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Workforce Development:
    • Press Release, distributed by Jennifer Kammerud.
    • PowerPoint by Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Youth Apprenticeship Curriculum Coordinator, CESA 6.
    • PowerPoint by Sara Baird, Education Consultant, and Cathy Crary, Youth and Projects Unit Supervisor, Department of Workforce Development.
    • Wisconsin Skill Standards Certificate of Programs, distributed by Sharon Wendt, Director, Career and Technical Education, Department of Public Instruction (DPI); Sara Baird, Education Consultant, DPI.
    • Handout, License Based on Equivalency
    • Handout, Pathways to Wisconsin Licensure
  • Presentation and materials distributed by Randy Guttenberg, Superintendent of Schools, Waunakee Community School District; Tim Schell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Waunakee Community School District; Joe Gothard, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education, Madison Metropolitan School District; and Tim Casper, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations Officer, Madison College:
  • PowerPoint Presentation by S. Mark Tyler, Public Member and President, OEM Fabricators, Inc.
  • Handout, Tim Schell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Waunakee Community School District.
August 20, Meeting
  • Handout, A Manufacturerís Ideal High School Graduate and Potential Employee, submitted by Public Member Suzanne Kelley, President, Waukesha County Business Alliance.
  • Presentation, by Patricia Deklotz, Superintendent, kettle Moraine School District.
  • Presentation, by Beth Lewis, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  •  Presentation, by Bill Fitzpatrick, District Administrator, School District of New London:
  • Presentation by Sharon Wendt, Director, Career and Technical Education, Department of Public Instruction:
    • PowerPoint
    • Map, Wisconsin CESAs and School Districts.
    • Map, Wisconsin Technical College Districts and School Districts.
    • Map, Wisconsin Workforce Development Regions and School Districts.
    • Map, Wisconsin's Regional Business Organizations.
  • Tania Kilpatrick, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, CESA 6:
    • PowerPoint
    • Handout, Setting a New Standard for Career Technical Education:  Common Career Technical Core.
    • Handout, The Career Ready Practices of the Common Career Technical Core.
    • Handout, The Ten components of a Rigorous Program of Study.
    • Handout, Wisconsin CTE Snapshot.
July 16, 2012 Meeting
  • Staff Brief 2012-03, Improving Educational Opportunities in High School (July 9, 2012).
  • Questions, distributed at the request of by Senator Luther Olsen, Chair and Representative Paul Farrow, Vice Chair, of the Special Committee.
  • Presentation by Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Department of Workforce Development.
  • Presentation by Jim Morgan, Vice President, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
  • Presentation by Melanie Holmes, Vice President, World of Work Solutions, ManpowerGroup.
  • Report, by Melanie Holmes, Vice President, World of Work Solutions, ManpowerGroup.
  • Handout, distributed at the request of Vice Chair Farrow.