Category Archives: WASB

WASB-backed notice bill set for hearing on Wednesday, May 22

The Assembly Committee on Local Government has scheduled a public hearing on a WASB-supported bill (Assembly Bill 170) updating state statutes specifying the method for notifying board members of a special meeting of a school board. The hearing will be held in Madison on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 400 Northeast of the State Capitol.

The WASB worked with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on this bill, which is modeled on similar legislation enacted into law last session as (2017 Wisconsin Act 50) revamping the method for giving council members notice of a special meeting of a city council. Continue reading WASB-backed notice bill set for hearing on Wednesday, May 22

WASB Day at the Capitol programming available on Wisconsin Eye

WASB Day at the Capitol was held this past Wednesday, March 13.  Over 200 school board members, administrators and others made their way to Madison to take our message to the Capitol.  Thank you to all who took time out of their schedules to make the trip!

The morning program was kicked off by WASB President Brett Hyde of the Muskego-Norway school board and included a K-12 state budget overview with State Budget Director Brian Pahnke and Education Team Leader Sara Hynek from the WI Dept. of Administration.

See video of the presentation (Wisconsin Eye)

This was followed by a panel of state legislative leaders reacting to various proposals included in the governor’s budget.

See video of the panel discussion (Wisconsin Eye)

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

WASB statement on Gov. Evers’ state budget proposal

WASB Executive Director John Ashley issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Evers’ 2019-21 state budget proposal:

The WASB commends Gov. Tony Evers for proposing a state budget that includes a significant boost in state investment in our K-12 public schools as well as important reforms to our school funding formula. 

Additional and substantial state investments are critical to ensuring that our state’s 421 school districts can serve our 860,000 students appropriately and equitably.

The continued broad public support for greater investment in public education shown in statewide opinion surveys, the continued willingness of local voters to support school-related referenda, and the strong public interest in the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding all suggest that now is the time to make significant improvements in the way our state funds its public schools.

We thank Gov. Evers for prioritizing public education in his state budget proposal and pledge to work with him and the state Legislature to secure support for a final state budget that provides the critical resources our school districts need. 

As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation

Ahead of Gov. Evers’ anticipated introduction of his proposed 2019-21 state budget on Thursday (Feb. 28), we thought this would be a good time to let you know about just a few of the non-budget advocacy activities the WASB Government Relations Team has been engaged with.

Method for Giving Notice of Special Board Meetings – We’ve been working with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on draft legislation to modernize the statutory procedures for providing notice of special school board meetings.  The language would mirror a similar change made last session which updated the statutes relating to giving notice of special city council meetings.  We expect this draft bill will be circulated for co-signers in the coming weeks. Continue reading As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation

Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

We encourage you to join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 13 to take our message to the Capitol!  With the legislature beginning its review of Governor Evers’ budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators and build relationships and support for your schools.

As part of our morning programming at the Monona Terrace, we are once again fortunate to have a bipartisan panel of legislative leaders speak to attendees on how they see K-12 fitting into the state budget debate.  Our legislative panelists for 2019 are: Continue reading Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol