Monthly Archives: April 2019

Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will soon begin formulating its own version of the state budget.  The JFC could begin taking votes on its version of the budget as early as next week.  The GOP holds 12 of the 16 seats on the committee because they hold majorities in both the Senate and Assembly.

They reportedly plan to hold executive (voting) sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the two houses of the Legislature are not meeting in scheduled floor sessions. No indication yet as to when K-12 education funding will be taken up. Continue reading Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

Budget listening sessions offer another way to “get your lawmaker’s ear”

Testifying before the Joint Finance Committee isn’t the only way to advocate for your district and students on the state budget.

You can also attend a budget listening session, where you can meet with your legislator in a small group (or sometimes even in a one-on-one) setting.

The WASB staff found announcements of the following upcoming listening sessions:
(Note:  These were all “upcoming” at the time this information was originally posted.) Continue reading Budget listening sessions offer another way to “get your lawmaker’s ear”

Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in Green Bay on Wednesday, April 24 at UWGB.

I will say right at the start that I am probably missing people so my apologies in advance. Please contact me if you were there and I missed you so you are recognized and get the WASB board member recognition points you deserve. Continue reading Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.

A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You can join in that effort. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

From time to time we highlight exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards. Today, as part of that effort, we want to call your attention to a proclamation and letter issued by the Appleton Area School Board.

The proclamation declares April 24 to be “Advocate for Kids in the Appleton Area Day” and urges “all citizens and stakeholders to support the future of our children by attending the Joint Finance Committee (budget) hearing in Green Bay and/or contacting the Governor and Legislators to advocate for the areas of needs for all children in the Appleton Area School District.” Continue reading Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

The Joint Finance Committee will hold the final of four public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget on Wednesday, April 24 at the the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University Union – Phoenix Rooms (2430 Campus Court, Green Bay, WI  54311).

The hearing is scheduled to run from 10am to 5pm but may go longer if people are still waiting to testify. Although no one will be allowed to register to speak after 5pm, the hearing will continue until everyone who registered before then is allowed to speak. Continue reading Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

Recognizing the school board members who testified in River Falls

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in River Falls on Monday, April 15:

  • Christina Kintop, Superior
  • Chris Hambuch-Boyle, Eau Claire Area
  • Dave Burke, Thorp
  • Stacy Johnson Myers, River Falls
  • Jill Gaskell, Pecatonica
  • Chrysa Ostenso, Ladysmith
  • Timm Johnson, Osceola (pictured)
  • Brooke Kulzer, Osceola
  • Victor Ambrose, Chequamegon
  • Doug Mering, Baraboo

As always, if we missed you please let us know!