Monthly Archives: February 2019

Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:

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The governor’s budget address and what happens next …

Governor Tony Evers will deliver his inaugural budget address to a joint legislative session Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The address will be covered live by Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Here’s a primer on how the state budget process works and what will happen after the speech is done.

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Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

Governor Tony Evers will formally introduce his 2019-21 budget proposal on Thursday, February 28, but over the weekend shared some previews of what will be included in that document.  In the K-12 area, his budget will propose to freeze enrollment in the state’s private school voucher programs (including special needs vouchers) and suspend the expansion of independent charter schools.

Earlier, Gov. Evers had announced his proposed budget would aim to provide “more accountability and transparency” within the state’s private school voucher programs.  As one aspect of this. Gov. Evers will propose including information on property tax bills about the state aid withheld from public school districts in which private voucher pupils reside and the impact this has on property taxes. Continue reading Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation

Ahead of Gov. Evers’ anticipated introduction of his proposed 2019-21 state budget on Thursday (Feb. 28), we thought this would be a good time to let you know about just a few of the non-budget advocacy activities the WASB Government Relations Team has been engaged with.

Method for Giving Notice of Special Board Meetings – We’ve been working with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on draft legislation to modernize the statutory procedures for providing notice of special school board meetings.  The language would mirror a similar change made last session which updated the statutes relating to giving notice of special city council meetings.  We expect this draft bill will be circulated for co-signers in the coming weeks. Continue reading As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation

Assembly Education Committee to hold informational hearing

The Assembly Education Committee will hold an informational public hearing tomorrow morning (Feb. 21) 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), pictured at left.

Committee members will receive an informational briefing/update on K-12 education from representatives of the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Testimony will be from invited speakers only.

View public hearing notice.

School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.

Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years.  The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast

A new national report on school breakfast programs by the nonprofit Washington-based  Food Research and Action Center finds Wisconsin’s participation lags behind the rest of the country.

Although about 83 percent of schools in the state participated in the School Breakfast Program, that figure places Wisconsin near the bottom nationally, especially compared to at least 38 other states, where 90 percent or more schools participate in the program.

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