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Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

The Senate Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills:


Senate Bill 138 Relating to: professional development training in character education for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Continue reading Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

Fall legislative floor session dates announced

According to

“The state Assembly will be on the floor Oct. 10 with meeting dates for November TBD, according to the office of Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna.

“The office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, last week asked senators to keep open Oct. 8 and Nov. 5 for floor dates.”

This continues to reflect the slow pace of legislation under divided government in the 2019-20 session.

DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

The Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. From DPI:

“Overall results in the state showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics. When disaggregated, mathematics performance went up at some grade levels and went up overall for Hispanic students and students learning English across the state. Students at private schools participating in the school choice programs showed small increases in achievement. Continue reading DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

September 15 deadline to submit resolutions approaching

Another reminder to member boards that the September 15 deadline for submitting a resolution to the WASB for consideration to become an official policy or position for the Association is quickly approaching. Before a resolution can be submitted, it must be officially voted on and approved by your board.

To submit your resolutions to the WASB you can follow these steps: Continue reading September 15 deadline to submit resolutions approaching

Contact your lawmakers to support parent transportation contract bill draft

State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) are circulating a bill draft for other legislators to sign on and support (see cosponsorship memo) relating to contracts with parents to transport students to private and (sometimes) public schools.  The bill would require the contract must compensate the parent or guardian a total amount for all pupils residing in the household who attend the same school, rather than a per pupil amount.

This change will potentially save districts money when multiple children in the same household are being transported to the same school in the same vehicle.

WASB supports this bill based on our member-approved resolutions and encourages you to contact your state legislators to cosponsor the “Marklein/Novak LRB 2448” before the Sept 10 deadline.  Continue reading Contact your lawmakers to support parent transportation contract bill draft

Advocacy Tip: Invite legislators to back to school events

One of the most important steps in developing relationships with your state lawmakers so you can effectively advocate for your students and districts is to get them into your schools.  Back to school events are a great opportunity to do so. Even if you do not hold a formal event, you can invite them for a tour.

These sorts of events or tours are a great opportunity to “educate” your legislators. While you certainly want to show off all the great things you are doing, also make sure to take the opportunity to inform them of your challenges and needs. The more time your legislators spend with you and your students, the more likely they will be to support your cause (or at least understand it better).

Take photos of the visit and post them on your website and social media. If your local newspaper covers your meetings, invite them to take a photo for the paper.

If your legislator was particularly helpful on a particular issue or with regard to the state budget make sure to thank them for their support.

Watch WisconsinEye back to school dialogue with K-12 legislative leaders

WisconsinEye recently sat down with key state legislative leaders on K-12 education to discuss a variety of issues as we begin the new school year.  State Senators Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) & Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and State Reps. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) & Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) sat down with Steve Walters to discuss a variety of topics including the state budget, school funding challenges, school vouchers, charter schools and more.

Access the full video here.