Category Archives: State Issue

How Delayed State Budget May Impact School Districts

With the 2017-19 state budget now more than a month and a half overdue, increasing attention is being paid to the impact the delayed passage of the budget will have on schools, as evidenced by this Wisconsin State Journal article.

In a recent memo to members of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has outlined the impact of the delay on various state school finance calculations for the 2017-18 school year, for public school districts, as well as private choice schools and independent charter schools.

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Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

A new analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and provided to the WASB by Capitol sources shows the impact on school districts statewide of shifting from Governor Walker’s proposed increases in sparsity aid to an increase in the low revenue ceiling which was first proposed by the state Assembly. The impact amounts to shifting proposed resources from districts that would qualify for sparsity aid under the governor’s proposal to giving historically low spending districts the opportunity to catch up with higher revenue districts by raising revenue locally.

To be clear, both of these investments have merit and the WASB membership has gone on record in support of both via Delegate Assembly resolutions.  Our position is that the legislature should prioritize and fund both. Continue reading Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), has scheduled a public hearing on a number of bills dealing with financial literacy, hours of instruction, summer school funding, pupil data and more.

Here are the details and the bills that are on the agenda: Continue reading Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda

Senate Leader: Finance Committee will Meet on Foxconn Aug 22; Budget to Follow

According to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee plans to meet on the Foxconn incentive bill on Tuesday, August 22 with the state budget to follow that week.

 

Budget Negotiations Stall as Assembly Focuses on Foxconn Incentives

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says negotiations with the state Assembly on the state budget and Foxconn incentives legislation have stalled.  Fitzgerald spoke to Capitol reporters and said the Assembly is moving forward on the Foxconn bill without input from Senators and he is not sure he has the votes to pass it in his house.  He also restated the Senate’s priority of completing the state budget first and then working on the Foxconn incentives. We previously posted on reports that the budget committee would not be able to meet until the week of August 21 at the earliest.

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WASB Testifies on Summer School Funding & Firearm Safety Curriculum Bills

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing August 3 (Watch on WI Eye) on two bills:

Assembly Bill 398, authored by Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) and sponsored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) would expand the scope of online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either a statutory graduation requirement in health education or that meet its own requirements to count toward the number of credits the school board requires for graduation.  Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meet its requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid. Continue reading WASB Testifies on Summer School Funding & Firearm Safety Curriculum Bills

Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled

Sen. Fitzgerald

With passage of the 2017-19 state budget now more than a month overdue, the Republican leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have found another thing on which they don’t agree:  how to move forward with Governor Scott Walker’s proposed special session legislation to provide tax and other incentives to close the deal to bring Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn to Wisconsin.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is urging lawmakers to pass the state budget bill before voting on Foxconn legislation, while Assembly Republican leaders, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) , want lawmakers to take up the Foxconn bill before passing a new budget. Continue reading Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled