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Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

We encourage you to join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 13 to take our message to the Capitol!  With the legislature beginning its review of Governor Evers’ budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators and build relationships and support for your schools.

As part of our morning programming at the Monona Terrace, we are once again fortunate to have a bipartisan panel of legislative leaders speak to attendees on how they see K-12 fitting into the state budget debate.  Our legislative panelists for 2019 are: Continue reading Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

Gov. Evers budget address set for Feb. 28

Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019.  This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day.  As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction.  This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.

Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget.  Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13.  Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.

Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac),  relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.

SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.  Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs.  Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

State’s taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs continue to grow

From DPI:

“Two hundred sixty-two private nonsectarian and religious schools and school systems registered with the Department of Public Instruction by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for the 2019-20 school year. Eleven schools that previously participated in either the Milwaukee or Racine Parental Choice programs or both are registering to join the WPCP. In addition, there are 40 new private schools applying to participate in the statewide voucher program for 2019-20. Read More

Continue reading State’s taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs continue to grow

Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding

We are reposting a link to the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding following the panel discussion Friday morning at the State Education Convention.  There was a big turnout and we ran out of hard copies.  Thank you to everyone for your interest and for attending the convention!

See: Final recommendations of school funding panel released.

 

State of the State address scheduled for Tuesday, January 22

Governor Tony Evers’ first annual State of the State address has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 (Time TBA).  The speech is held before a joint session of the legislature in the Assembly chambers and is traditionally in the evening.

The State of the State typically provides some clues as to what will be included in the Governor’s state budget proposal as well as other priorities for the new legislative session. We will keep you updated here about any K-12 education items that are mentioned in the speech.  You can also watch the address live on Wisconsin Eye. Continue reading State of the State address scheduled for Tuesday, January 22

Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together

The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:

“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion.  Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”

For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together