UPDATE: Assembly rural schools task force meeting

UPDATED Tuesday, December 17, 2013 --- 5:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A special task force called together to study Wisconsin's rural schools has its latest meeting for this week Madison.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the bipartisan task force in September.

Its meeting Tuesday in Madison is scheduled to include testimony from state superintendent Tony Evers and leaders from groups representing teachers, school administrators and others.

Vos has asked the task force to study a variety of issues, including creating partnerships among school districts, transportation needs, strategies for long-term financial stability and ways to handle declining enrollment.

The task force is expected to produce a report on its findings and recommendations early next year.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 5:46 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has formed a new task force to address rural school issues.

Vos has named Rep. Rob Swearingen, a Rhinelander Republican, to serve as the task force's chairman. The speaker has charged the task force to study a host of issues, including how rural schools can share innovations and efficiencies, transportation needs, strategies for long-term financial stability and how to handle declining enrollment.

The task force will produce a report on its findings and recommendations early next year.

Vos plans to announce the task force members next week. The group will hold its first meeting in Rhinelander and its second meeting in Merrill. Dates have yet to be determined.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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