“We view the budget signed today by Gov. Tony Evers as a foundation to build for the future.
“We understand that split-party control of state government requires compromise to get a budget passed. We also understand that state policy makers face many worthy and competing priorities in addition to K-12 schools that must be addressed within the confines of available revenues.
“We are pleased the Legislature provided a solid foundation for K-12 schools upon which the governor has been able to build.
“On behalf of school boards across the state, we thank the governor for using his veto pen to improve the 2019-21 state budget for K-12 schools.”
The WASB Budget Chart has been updated to detail the actions taken to date by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on K-12 education-related provisions in the proposed 2019-21 state budget. You can find the chart here.
For each budget item, the chart describes the proposal at each stage in the process and the dollar amounts attached to it. In separate columns, the chart shows the DPI budget request, if any, the governor’s proposal, if any, and the JFC action on each item. Continue reading Updated WASB Budget Chart posted
Resolutions adopted by the annual WASB Delegate Assemblies set the policy direction for the WASB and its lobbying efforts. Once adopted, these resolutions remain in force unless amended or repealed.
The Resolutions Adopted by Delegate Assemblies book, containing the collected policy positions adopted by Delegate Assemblies throughout the years, has been updated to reflect resolutions adopted in January 2019. It is now available online. Continue reading 2019 WASB resolutions book available online
“I want to recognize the Joint Finance Committee for voting to approve $500 million in increased investments in public schools. The proposal addressed top priorities of the WASB including the $200/$204 per pupil increase in spendable resources, the first increase in special education categorical aid in more than a decade and increases for student mental health services. We also want to recognize the committee for helping historically low-spending districts by including an adjustment to the low-revenue ceiling. These items were important priorities on the WASB legislative agenda.
“Although $500 million is a significant investment, it is significantly less than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed ($1.4 billion) as well as less than what the Legislature approved in Gov. Scott Walker’s last budget ($635 million).
“We are hopeful the Legislature and Gov. Evers will continue to have discussions on the education budget. We look forward to working with all parties to meet the needs of all Wisconsin students.”
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 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)