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Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.

A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You can join in that effort. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

From time to time we highlight exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards. Today, as part of that effort, we want to call your attention to a proclamation and letter issued by the Appleton Area School Board.

The proclamation declares April 24 to be “Advocate for Kids in the Appleton Area Day” and urges “all citizens and stakeholders to support the future of our children by attending the Joint Finance Committee (budget) hearing in Green Bay and/or contacting the Governor and Legislators to advocate for the areas of needs for all children in the Appleton Area School District.” Continue reading Recognizing exemplary advocacy efforts by school boards

School funding commission recommendations taking shape as legislation

Draft bills reflecting a number of recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding are currently being circulated for co-signers. The action comes nearly five months after the Commission met at the State Capitol in December to finalize a set of recommendations to the Legislature.

Legislator members of the Commission met last month to decide which of the recommendations that had been put into bill form would be proposed for introduction. They also decided who will be the lead author(s) of each proposed bill.

This chart details the decisions made during that discussion. Continue reading School funding commission recommendations taking shape as legislation

Next budget hearing is Monday; thanks to school board members who have testified so far

The Joint Finance Committee will hold the third of four scheduled public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget on Monday, April 15 at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls University Center – Riverview Ballroom #260 (500 Wild Rose Avenue, River Falls, WI 54022).

Free Public Parking will be available in the UW – River Falls PAY 1 LOT (North Second Street, River Falls)

Continue reading Next budget hearing is Monday; thanks to school board members who have testified so far

WASB Budget Chart Now Online

The WASB State Budget Chart is now posted online.  The chart provides item-by-item details on the major provisions of the proposed 2019-21 state budget bill affecting preK-12 public education.

At this point, the chart  describes the key budget proposals recommended by the governor and how they align with or differ from what was requested by the Department of Public Instruction.

The chart also indicates the WASB’s position on each budget provision.  Those positions are based on the applicable WASB Resolutions Adopted by WASB Delegate Assemblies. Continue reading WASB Budget Chart Now Online

JFC to hold Milwaukee-area budget hearing on Wednesday (April 10)

The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee will hold the second of four scheduled public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget next Wednesday (April 10) in Oak Creek.

The location for the hearing is the:

Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI  53154 Continue reading JFC to hold Milwaukee-area budget hearing on Wednesday (April 10)

Public support for school referenda remains strong

Voters approved about 75 percent of all school referenda on local ballots at Tuesday’s (April 2) election,  continuing to show support for providing additional resources for schools in communities throughout the state.

Overall, local voters approved 28 of 33 referenda to exceed revenue caps, an 85 percent passage rate.

Continue reading Public support for school referenda remains strong