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Updated district-by-district information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal

The WASB has obtained updated information on the fiscal impact of Gov. Evers’ funding reform proposal on each school district. (See links below.)

The updated printout, generated by the DPI, provides information sorted alphabetically by district name and reflects both October 15th aid certification data for each district for 2018-19 and the School Levy Tax Credit amounts per district for 2018-19.

 

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It’s budget listening session season, your chance to be heard

This is the time in the legislative session when many lawmakers hold budget “listening sessions” or “office hours” at various public locations in their districts to gather input on the proposed budget from their constituents.

At these “listening sessions” members of the public are typically invited to share questions and concerns about matters involving state government, including particularly the state budget.

These “listening sessions” are great opportunities for school leaders to communicate their priorities and viewpoints on the proposed state budget.  We are aware of several “listening session” opportunities and are sharing information about them with you in hopes that you will attend and share your district’s needs and wishes.   If your legislator is not listed below, we suggest you check your local newspapers or your legislators’ e-newsletter or personal website to find the dates, times and locations for listening sessions that may be planned in your area. Continue reading It’s budget listening session season, your chance to be heard

LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget

Governor Tony Evers’ proposed budget calls for significant increases in state special education categorical (SPED) aid that would enable 30% of special education costs to be reimbursed in 2019-20 and 60% in 2020-21.

The current SPED aid amount is estimated to reimburse about 25.3% of special education costs eligible for reimbursement in 2018-19.  Without an increase, the reimbursement rate is projected to drop below 25% in the future. Continue reading LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget

Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee typically holds several public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. These hearings are of two types: (1) informational agency briefings; and (2) public hearings.

According to The Wheeler Report, a letter sent to state agencies this week suggested a tentative schedule for two days of agency briefings to the JFC on the state budget as follows: Continue reading Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

WASB co-sponsoring “Education Academy” for legislators and staff

In an attempt to demystify school finance and help lawmakers and their staffs better understand some of the issues they will confront as they debate the 2019-21 state budget, the WASB is partnering with other public education advocacy groups to put on a half-day “Education Academy 101” training session on public school finance this Thursday morning, March 21. The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 am to noon at the Madison Concourse Hotel. (View Education Academy 2019 Flyer.)

It is designed to allow legislators and legislative staff to learn about school funding and encourage them to get their questions answered in a nonthreatening, straight-forward, “spin-free” environment. Our goal is the help build a better understanding of basic school finance concepts on the part of policy makers so they are prepared to make informed decisions throughout the biennial budget cycle.

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WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills

The 2019-20 legislative session is in full swing and numerous bills affecting K-12 education have already been introduced.

When legislation related to K-12 education is introduced, the WASB GR staff will analyze the bill and cross reference it with the resolutions that have been adopted by previous WASB Delegate Assemblies to determine what position we should take on the bill.  Sometimes we will not take a position on a bill but will monitor it. Continue reading WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills

Forecast for Day at the Capitol: Good meetings

Our prediction is that whatever the weather, you will have good meetings with your lawmakers during the WASB Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13.

We’ve arranged meetings for you and will have informative presentations, handouts and leave behind materials for you. Your role is to make sure legislators don’t take resources for schools for granted.

With talk about the Legislature possibly scrapping the governor’s budget and starting from scratch, your voice telling the legislators who represent you to follow the public’s lead and provide necessary resources for schools is more important than ever! Continue reading Forecast for Day at the Capitol: Good meetings