Monthly Archives: March 2019

April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing

As we posted earlier, the dates and locations of four public hearings of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the state budget have been announced. Members of interest groups and the general public may testify, while testimony from lobbyists is frowned upon. These hearings are a great chance for your board to provide testimony highlighting the most important issues for your district. Continue reading April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing

Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 4

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 4 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) and is scheduled to take public testimony on three bills:

Assembly Bill 53 Relating to: pupil records.

By Representatives Born, Jagler, Plumer, Brooks, Novak, Thiesfeldt, Tusler and Vruwink; cosponsored by Senators Olsen and Darling. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 4

JFC finalizes public hearing schedule on proposed budget

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has finalized the dates and locations for the four public hearings it will hold on the 2019-21 State Budget.

Those dates and locations are as follows:

Friday, April 5, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) –Janesville

Pontiac Convention Center
2809 North Pontiac Drive
Janesville, WI  53545 Continue reading JFC finalizes public hearing schedule on proposed budget

Additional LFB memo details impacts of four specific funding changes in governor’s proposed budget

Governor Tony Evers’ proposed state budget makes a number of school funding changes that are in addition to the “Fair Funding for our Future” reforms.

For example, in addition to an unprecedented increase in special education categorical aid (see previous post), the proposed budget also calls for per pupil increases in both school district revenue limits ($200 in 2019-20 and $204 in 2020-21) and the low revenue ceiling (to $9,700 in 2019-20 and to $10,000 in 2020-21).

Continue reading Additional LFB memo details impacts of four specific funding changes in governor’s proposed budget

LFB Summary of Governor’s Proposed Budget Released

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its summary of the governor’s proposed budget bill.  It is available online. (See links below.)

Considered by lawmakers to be the definitive analysis, the LFB summary document breaks the budget bill down on an agency-by-agency basis, according to the state agency responsible for administering the particular program(s) being funded. Most K-12 provisions will be found under Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Continue reading LFB Summary of Governor’s Proposed Budget Released

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.

Fair Funding March 2019 FY19 Final Display By District Alpha Oct 15

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

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