Monthly Archives: May 2019

Assembly education committee meeting recap

On Thursday, May 30, the Assembly Committee on Education met to vote on one bill (dyslexia guidebook) and hold a public hearing on three others (school meals,  special education licensure & teacher licensure reciprocity).

Executive Session: Assembly Bill 110 was recommended for full passage by the Assembly on a party-line vote after an amendment was unanimously approved by committee  members. Continue reading Assembly education committee meeting recap

2019 WASB resolutions book available online

Resolutions adopted by the annual WASB Delegate Assemblies set the policy direction for the WASB and its lobbying efforts. Once adopted, these resolutions remain in force unless amended or repealed.

The Resolutions Adopted by Delegate Assemblies book, containing the collected policy positions adopted by Delegate Assemblies throughout the years, has been updated to reflect resolutions adopted in January 2019.  It is now available online. Continue reading 2019 WASB resolutions book available online

Assembly education committee to hold hearing on school meals, teacher licensure bills May 30

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 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) and is scheduled to take public testimony on three bills: Continue reading Assembly education committee to hold hearing on school meals, teacher licensure bills May 30

Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted

On Thursday, May 23 the GOP members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed an omnibus motion on K-12 education on a party-line vote.  The motion covers two fiscal years (2019-20/1st year & 2020-21/2nd year).  The total amount by which state funding for K-12 education is increased over those two years under the motion is approximately $500 million.

Below are highlights of that plan (numbers are rounded): Continue reading Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted

John Ashley statement on JFC K-12 budget package

“I want to recognize the Joint Finance Committee for voting to approve $500 million in increased investments in public schools. The proposal addressed top priorities of the WASB including the $200/$204 per pupil increase in spendable resources, the first increase in special education categorical aid in more than a decade and increases for student mental health services.  We also want to recognize the committee for helping historically low-spending districts by including an adjustment to the low-revenue ceiling. These items were important priorities on the WASB legislative agenda.

“Although $500 million is a significant investment, it is significantly less than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed ($1.4 billion) as well as less than what the Legislature approved in Gov. Scott Walker’s last budget ($635 million).

“We are hopeful the Legislature and Gov. Evers will continue to have discussions on the education budget. We look forward to working with all parties to meet the needs of all Wisconsin students.”

Assembly GOP announce state budget K-12 plan

Assembly Republican lawmakers held a press conference in the Assembly Chambers today (May 22) to announce their K-12 education budget.  Several lawmakers including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Joint Finance Committee (JFC) co-chair Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette).  Rep. Nygren announced a total increase of about $500 million (compared to $1.4 billion proposed by Gov. Evers).

Also announced as part of the proposal: Continue reading Assembly GOP announce state budget K-12 plan

K-12 per-pupil spending in Wisconsin lags national average

Spending on public K-12 education in Wisconsin lagged the national average by about $233 per pupil in the 2016-17 school year, according to new figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Those figures are the most recent available and rank Wisconsin 22nd among states in per-pupil spending and 23rd if the District of Columbia is included. Continue reading K-12 per-pupil spending in Wisconsin lags national average