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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

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!

Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 18 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) and is scheduled to take public testimony on two bills:

Assembly Bill 129 Relating to: allowing private schools participating in a parental choice program to provide hours of direct pupil instruction virtually.

By Representatives Jagler, Murphy, Brandtjen, Brooks, Dittrich, Horlacher, Hutton, Katsma, Knodl, Kulp, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Tusler, Zimmerman and Plumer; cosponsored by Senators Kooyenga, Kapenga, Craig, Cowles, Jacque and Stroebel. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18

Big support for “major increase” in special education funding in statewide poll

The latest version of the Marquette Law School Poll was released today. The poll included a question related to increasing special education funding in the 2019-21 state budget.

74% of respondents said they support “a major increase” in state aid for special education:

MJS: Gov. Evers, legislative leaders barely talking

From Patrick Marley and Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Now cemented in place as adversaries, the three most powerful people in Wisconsin’s divided government must decide how much money to spend on vital services like schools and transportation.

“But they’re barely talking.

“Barring a breakthrough in negotiations, the state is on a path to adopt a state budget that won’t include anything new, including the education and health-care proposals that propelled Evers to victory in November.”

Read More: In divided Wisconsin, the governor and legislative leaders are barely talking

How to submit written testimony on the budget & additional details on budget hearings

Two years ago, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held six public hearings around the state to gather public feedback on the proposed state budget.  This time around, that is down to four public hearings (Janesville, Oak Creek, River Falls & Green Bay).

We strongly encourage board members and administrators to attend and testify if at all possible.  However, if you are unable to attend to testify in person, you can still submit written testimony to the committee electronically at the following email address:

BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov

Continue reading How to submit written testimony on the budget & additional details on budget hearings