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WASB Legislative Update Blog has moved!

The Legislative Update blog has been moved to more fully integrate the site with the main WASB website. The new site can be found here: https://wasb.org/legislative-update/

If you subscribe to the blog updates by email, you will automatically get transferred over and receive updates to the new site. Update your bookmarks!

WordPress.com followers (of which there are far fewer) may have to subscribe to the new blog site to see new posts in their Reader.

We are hopeful that this transition will be a smooth one for our readers and the new site will allow for more ready access to all WASB.org has to offer.

What happens when districts submit resolutions to the WASB?

More and more attention is being paid to resolutions local school boards are debating and adopting that could play a big role in shaping the WASB’s policy direction, including its legislative advocacy. We thought it was prudent to again explain the process of what happens after resolutions are submitted.

This is a member-driven process. The WASB staff does not advocate for or against submitted resolutions during this process. The role of staff is to facilitate discussion and debate first by the Policy and Resolutions Committee and secondly by our full membership at the Delegate Assembly. It is the membership who will decide the fate of each resolution.

Here’s a refresher on how the WASB resolution process works: Continue reading What happens when districts submit resolutions to the WASB?

WASB Fall Regional Meetings (including a legislative update) begin this week

2017 Regional MeetingsJoin us at your Regional Meeting this fall to network with area board members, celebrate accomplishments, and learn about the WASB’s activities and plans. For more information and to register in advance click here or just register at the event.

The Regional Meetings will feature an in-depth legislative update and a report from the WASB executive director. Prior to your Regional Meeting, take part in an optional workshop on strategies to retain and compensate teachers. The workshop will be conducted by an experienced WASB attorney. Continue reading WASB Fall Regional Meetings (including a legislative update) begin this week

Legislators react to state assessment results

Recently, the Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year.  Overall statewide results showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics proficiency.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the reaction from state legislators including Assembly Committee on Education Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Sens. Jon Erpenbach & Chris Larson and more: Continue reading Legislators react to state assessment results

School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

The co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have introduced legislation that would count full-day 4K students as 1.0 pupil for funding purposes (see more info below). This is based on a recommendation from the commission and is supported by the WASB.

We encourage you to contact your state legislators to urge support of companion bills Senate Bill 408 and Assembly Bill 465. Neither bill has been scheduled for a public hearing yet in the respective education committees. We will keep you up to date here and if this would be a benefit to your district, please consider coming to testify at a hearing. Continue reading School funding commission co-chairs introduce 4K funding bill

State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her first annual State of Education Address today at the State Capitol in Madison. While she trumpeted Wisconsin schools successes she also expressed concern for persistent gaps and working towards equity in educational achievement, access and opportunity.

She called the funding increases included in the most recent state budget a down-payment for improving student achievement and committed to working with the governor and legislature going forward to improve educational outcomes.

Excerpts of the speech from DPI: Continue reading State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

Assembly education committee schedules public hearing and vote

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing on Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North, State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills:

PUBLIC HEARING

Assembly Bill 115 Relating to: an emergency exception for high performing school districts to the number of hours of direct pupil instruction requirement. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing and vote