Updated district-by-district information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal

The WASB has obtained updated information on the fiscal impact of Gov. Evers’ funding reform proposal on each school district. (See links below.)

The updated printout, generated by the DPI, provides information sorted alphabetically by district name and reflects both October 15th aid certification data for each district for 2018-19 and the School Levy Tax Credit amounts per district for 2018-19.

 

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It’s budget listening session season, your chance to be heard

This is the time in the legislative session when many lawmakers hold budget “listening sessions” or “office hours” at various public locations in their districts to gather input on the proposed budget from their constituents.

At these “listening sessions” members of the public are typically invited to share questions and concerns about matters involving state government, including particularly the state budget.

These “listening sessions” are great opportunities for school leaders to communicate their priorities and viewpoints on the proposed state budget.  We are aware of several “listening session” opportunities and are sharing information about them with you in hopes that you will attend and share your district’s needs and wishes.   If your legislator is not listed below, we suggest you check your local newspapers or your legislators’ e-newsletter or personal website to find the dates, times and locations for listening sessions that may be planned in your area. Continue reading It’s budget listening session season, your chance to be heard

LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget

Governor Tony Evers’ proposed budget calls for significant increases in state special education categorical (SPED) aid that would enable 30% of special education costs to be reimbursed in 2019-20 and 60% in 2020-21.

The current SPED aid amount is estimated to reimburse about 25.3% of special education costs eligible for reimbursement in 2018-19.  Without an increase, the reimbursement rate is projected to drop below 25% in the future. Continue reading LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget

School board elections, referenda on Tuesday, April 2 ballot

In addition to school board elections, there will be 59 school referenda on the Tuesday, April 2 spring general election ballot in school districts across the state.

The April 2 ballot includes seven referenda to exceed revenue limits on a recurring basis, 26 referenda to exceed revenue limits on a nonrecurring basis and 26 borrowing referenda.

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Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee typically holds several public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. These hearings are of two types: (1) informational agency briefings; and (2) public hearings.

According to The Wheeler Report, a letter sent to state agencies this week suggested a tentative schedule for two days of agency briefings to the JFC on the state budget as follows: Continue reading Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

School safety guidelines and resources released

From WisDOJ: “Attorney General Josh Kaul announced today the release of the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol and Wisconsin Comprehensive School Security Framework, providing educators and partners a comprehensive set of policies that support school safety efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) is also this week hosting a free school threat assessment conference for educators, behavioral health professionals and law enforcement.

WASB Note: Schools are NOT mandated to implement the policies laid out in the documents. They are being made available as resources and best practices that school officials can consider. Continue reading School safety guidelines and resources released

WASB co-sponsoring “Education Academy” for legislators and staff

In an attempt to demystify school finance and help lawmakers and their staffs better understand some of the issues they will confront as they debate the 2019-21 state budget, the WASB is partnering with other public education advocacy groups to put on a half-day “Education Academy 101” training session on public school finance this Thursday morning, March 21. The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 am to noon at the Madison Concourse Hotel. (View Education Academy 2019 Flyer.)

It is designed to allow legislators and legislative staff to learn about school funding and encourage them to get their questions answered in a nonthreatening, straight-forward, “spin-free” environment. Our goal is the help build a better understanding of basic school finance concepts on the part of policy makers so they are prepared to make informed decisions throughout the biennial budget cycle.

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