Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in Green Bay on Wednesday, April 24 at UWGB.

I will say right at the start that I am probably missing people so my apologies in advance. Please contact me if you were there and I missed you so you are recognized and get the WASB board member recognition points you deserve. Continue reading Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.

A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You can join in that effort. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

From time to time we highlight exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards. Today, as part of that effort, we want to call your attention to a proclamation and letter issued by the Appleton Area School Board.

The proclamation declares April 24 to be “Advocate for Kids in the Appleton Area Day” and urges “all citizens and stakeholders to support the future of our children by attending the Joint Finance Committee (budget) hearing in Green Bay and/or contacting the Governor and Legislators to advocate for the areas of needs for all children in the Appleton Area School District.” Continue reading Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

The Joint Finance Committee will hold the final of four public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget on Wednesday, April 24 at the the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University Union – Phoenix Rooms (2430 Campus Court, Green Bay, WI  54311).

The hearing is scheduled to run from 10am to 5pm but may go longer if people are still waiting to testify. Although no one will be allowed to register to speak after 5pm, the hearing will continue until everyone who registered before then is allowed to speak. Continue reading Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

Recognizing the school board members who testified in River Falls

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in River Falls on Monday, April 15:

  • Christina Kintop, Superior
  • Chris Hambuch-Boyle, Eau Claire Area
  • Dave Burke, Thorp
  • Stacy Johnson Myers, River Falls
  • Jill Gaskell, Pecatonica
  • Chrysa Ostenso, Ladysmith
  • Timm Johnson, Osceola (pictured)
  • Brooke Kulzer, Osceola
  • Victor Ambrose, Chequamegon
  • Doug Mering, Baraboo

As always, if we missed you please let us know!

School funding commission recommendations taking shape as legislation

Draft bills reflecting a number of recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding are currently being circulated for co-signers. The action comes nearly five months after the Commission met at the State Capitol in December to finalize a set of recommendations to the Legislature.

Legislator members of the Commission met last month to decide which of the recommendations that had been put into bill form would be proposed for introduction. They also decided who will be the lead author(s) of each proposed bill.

This chart details the decisions made during that discussion. Continue reading School funding commission recommendations taking shape as legislation

Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on two bills:

Assembly Bill 129 Relating to: allowing private schools participating in a parental choice program to provide hours of direct pupil instruction virtually.

By Representatives Jagler, Murphy, Brandtjen, Brooks, Dittrich, Horlacher, Hutton, Katsma, Knodl, Kulp, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Tusler, Zimmerman and Plumer; cosponsored by Senators Kooyenga, Kapenga, Craig, Cowles, Jacque and Stroebel. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18