The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review

The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.

The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB.  Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws.

Resolutions Submitted by Member Boards

Commencement of the School Term for PreK-8 Districts — calls for the WASB to support legislation that would allow PreK-8 Grade School Districts (whose students are not typically part of the teenage workforce that is used in the summer tourism industry) the sole authority to establish the school calendar. (Submitted by Lac du Flambeau)

Summer School Aid — calls for WASB to support creation of a categorical aid for public school districts for additional summer school funding.  (Submitted by Green Bay Area)

Transportation Aid to Address Student Mobility — calls for WASB to support creation of a categorical aid for districts with high percentages of mobile/transient students Such aid would be focused on providing transportation to mobile/transient students with the goal of keeping them in the schools where they first are enrolled.  (Submitted by Green Bay Area)

Revenue Limits (Annual Adjustment) —— calls for the WASB to support legislation to increase the annual per pupil adjustment under revenue caps by the annual percentage increase in the consumer price index (CPI). (Submitted by La Crosse)

Revenue Limits (Annual Adjustment) —— calls for the WASB to support legislation to allow districts to increase their revenue limits by an amount equal to any equalization aid increase received by the district over what was received in the previous year (to give districts an ability to utilize the additional state aid rather than automatically applying it to tax levy reduction). (Submitted by South Milwaukee)

Revenue Limits (Low Revenue Ceiling) —— calls for the WASB to support legislation to allow low-revenue-limit districts—defined as districts whose per pupil revenues are less than 95% of the statewide average revenue per pupil (member)–to raise their revenue limit by up to an additional $100 per student (member) per year above any adjustment allowed by the legislature without having to go to referendum until they reach a revenue level equal to 95% of the state average revenue limit per student (member). Under the proposal, “low-revenue-limit” districts that utilize this approach would be held harmless with respect to their general aid allocation. (Submitted by Plymouth)

Revenue Limits (Low Revenue Ceiling) —— calls for the WASB to support legislation to allow any low-spending district, based on spending below the state average in Comparative Per-Pupil spending as compiled by the Department of Public Instruction, to be able to increase its spending limit to the state average to allow more equitable educational opportunities for the students of such low-spending districts.  (Submitted by Howard-Suamico)

Revenue Limits (Low Revenue Ceiling) —— calls for the WASB to support legislation to allow districts that are below the state average revenue limit per member to increase their revenue limit per member each year by an amount greater than those that are above the state average through a phase-in approach that ensures that all districts have the ability to reach the state average revenue limit per pupil amount by the end of a 6-to-10-year time frame. (Submitted by South Milwaukee)

Revenue Limits (Exemption for Districts Meeting Certain Criteria) — calls for the WASB to support legislation to allow districts that meet all of the following criteria:

  • 60% or greater of their students qualifying for free/reduced-price meals;
  • a minority student population of 45% or greater;
  • 12% or greater student population with IEP’s, and
  • have had at least two (2) failed operational referendums in the prior two (2) fiscal years,

to raise their local general fund (Fund 10) levy every 4th year by no more than 5% based on the prior year’s final general fund expenditures. Under the proposal this increase would be treated as a recurring amount and added to the district’s revenue limit base each year thereafter. (Submitted by Delavan-Darien)

Revenue Limits & General Aid (Certification Dates) — calls for the WASB to support legislation to change the timing of when both the notification/certification of the revenue caps and certification equalization aid and property taxes so that the revenue cap amounts are certified before the fiscal year begins and the district’s aid amounts are available to the District’s sooner than the third month of the fiscal year. (Submitted by Janesville)

Impact Aid (1) — calls for the WASB to urge the Wisconsin Legislature to adopt a joint resolution asking Congress to fully fund Impact Aid as it did from the creation of this aid program in 1950 until 1969. (Submitted by Siren)

Impact Aid (2) — calls for the WASB to support legislation to provide targeted state aid to support Wisconsin school districts that receive less federal impact aid in any school year than they are entitled to receive under the formula devised by Congress in 1994. Under the proposal such aid should be paid from an appropriation separate from general aid so as not to reduce general aid payments to other school districts and should remain in place until Congress fully funds impact aid. (Submitted by Siren)

Educational Goals and/or Objectives — calls for replacing item (c) of Resolution 3.01 Education Goals  and/or replacing the 1st sentence of Resolution 3.05 Educational Objectives with:

The WASB supports “Well-Rounded Education” as an educational goal, defined as follows:

The term “well-rounded education” means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience. (Submitted by Waunakee)

Measuring College- and Career-Readiness — calls for the WASB to support the use of a framework of multiple research-based readiness indicators informed by the Redefining Ready! Campaign developed by the national School Superintendents Association (AASA) to more accurately assess students’ readiness to succeed in college, career and life. (Submitted by New Berlin)

Compulsory Attendance/Truancy — calls for amending Resolution 3.76 to add the following language:

“The WASB supports modifications to the compulsory attendance statute, Wis. Stat. Sec. 118.16, to clarify the definitions of “truancy” and “habitual truant,” specifically with respect to what constitutes “part” of a day, and to specify what constitutes sufficient evidence to initiate a court proceeding without providing a student with educational counseling or other evaluative services.” (Submitted by Green Bay Area)

Medicaid Certification — calls for WASB to support a Department of Public Instruction initiative to create a demonstration project which would enable participating school districts to test the use of Medicaid enrollment to qualify children for free or reduced-price meals. (Submitted by Janesville)