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Deadline to Submit Board Resolutions for WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee is Sept. 15

The process of developing the proposed resolutions voted on by the Delegate Assembly begins at the local school board level.  Boards adopt and submit their ideas to the WASB in the form of board resolutions.  They are due September 15.

Resolutions adopted by the Delegate Assembly determine the official position of the WASB on issues and remain in force until amended or repealed.  For that reason, we encourage your board to review the resolutions contained in the 2017 Resolutions Book to see if there are resolutions your board thinks should be repealed or amended.  Alternatively, your board may think new topics should be addressed.  Either way, submitting a board resolution is the way to propose those changes.

WASB provides an online submission form and instructions for submitting your board’s resolution.  (Note: This link may not work properly for Google Chrome users. If you have difficulty, try using another browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) 

Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

A new analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and provided to the WASB by Capitol sources shows the impact on school districts statewide of shifting from Governor Walker’s proposed increases in sparsity aid to an increase in the low revenue ceiling which was first proposed by the state Assembly. The impact amounts to shifting proposed resources from districts that would qualify for sparsity aid under the governor’s proposal to giving historically low spending districts the opportunity to catch up with higher revenue districts by raising revenue locally.

To be clear, both of these investments have merit and the WASB membership has gone on record in support of both via Delegate Assembly resolutions.  Our position is that the legislature should prioritize and fund both. Continue reading Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), has scheduled a public hearing on a number of bills dealing with financial literacy, hours of instruction, summer school funding, pupil data and more.

Here are the details and the bills that are on the agenda: Continue reading Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda

Senate Leader: Finance Committee will Meet on Foxconn Aug 22; Budget to Follow

According to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee plans to meet on the Foxconn incentive bill on Tuesday, August 22 with the state budget to follow that week.

 

Budget Negotiations Stall as Assembly Focuses on Foxconn Incentives

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says negotiations with the state Assembly on the state budget and Foxconn incentives legislation have stalled.  Fitzgerald spoke to Capitol reporters and said the Assembly is moving forward on the Foxconn bill without input from Senators and he is not sure he has the votes to pass it in his house.  He also restated the Senate’s priority of completing the state budget first and then working on the Foxconn incentives. We previously posted on reports that the budget committee would not be able to meet until the week of August 21 at the earliest.

Continue reading Budget Negotiations Stall as Assembly Focuses on Foxconn Incentives

Budget Update: Finance Committee Not Likely to Meet Until August 21

Gwyn Guenther of theWheelerReport.com reported on her podcast (Wheelercast #8) that because of scheduling conflicts the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will likely not be able to meet again to take up the remaining parts of the state budget and the Foxconn incentive bill until the week of August 21st.  Summer post-budget is typically when many lawmakers are on family vacations or travelling to national conferences to network with colleagues from other states.

While the GOP Senate and Assembly have disagreed on whether the budget or Foxconn bill should be taken up first, it is likely that both will move forward concurrently.

WASB Testifies on Summer School Funding & Firearm Safety Curriculum Bills

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing August 3 (Watch on WI Eye) on two bills:

Assembly Bill 398, authored by Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) and sponsored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) would expand the scope of online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either a statutory graduation requirement in health education or that meet its own requirements to count toward the number of credits the school board requires for graduation.  Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meet its requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid. Continue reading WASB Testifies on Summer School Funding & Firearm Safety Curriculum Bills