The Co-Chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have announced the dates and cities of all the future public hearings of the commission tasked with taking a comprehensive review of Wisconsin’s school funding system. Along with the already announced hearings on March 19 in La Crosse and March 26 in De Pere, the commission plans to hold the following hearings:
- Monday, April 9th-Fennimore
- Monday, April 23rd-Oshkosh
- Monday, May 7th– Tomahawk
- Monday, May 21st– Turtle Lake
- Monday, June 4th– Madison
The specific locations and invited speakers for these hearings will be announced at a later date and we will share that information here on the blog when it is made available. The WASB strongly encourages our members to make plans to attend one of these hearings to tell your story of how the current funding formula impacts your school district and, it particular, opportunities for your students. If you can’t attend a meeting in person you can always submit written comments or testimony. We will make sure all Commission members receive a copy.
According to the statement released by Rep. Kitchens & Sen. Olsen:
“The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is a bipartisan group of legislators and education stakeholders created to take a comprehensive look into Wisconsin’s education funding system.
“Since February, the commission has held public hearings across the state in an effort to gain insight from local communities on the issues affecting our schools. As the commission continues to travel, the members are looking to hear what the concerns are for each region, in what educational areas schools are thriving, which areas can be improved, and solutions and strategies that can be used to address the needs of the schools in our state. The Co-Chairs encourage all those interested in the issue of school funding to attend one of the hearings and share their thoughts and solutions with the commission.”