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September 15 deadline to submit resolutions approaching

Another reminder to member boards that the September 15 deadline for submitting a resolution to the WASB for consideration to become an official policy or position for the Association is quickly approaching. Before a resolution can be submitted, it must be officially voted on and approved by your board.

To submit your resolutions to the WASB you can follow these steps: Continue reading September 15 deadline to submit resolutions approaching

Why WASB resolutions matter and why your board should be involved

More and more stories are appearing in the media about policy resolutions local school boards are debating and adopting that could play a big role in shaping the WASB’s policy direction, including its legislative advocacy. Your board has until Sept. 15 to adopt and submit a resolution to either set or change the direction of the WASB’s policies and legislative advocacy.

Here’s a refresher on how the WASB resolution process works and why it is important: Continue reading Why WASB resolutions matter and why your board should be involved

Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB

Individual member school boards provide the policy guidance and direction that informs the WASB’s legislative agenda and legislative advocacy efforts on your behalf.  Boards initiate this process by adopting resolutions and submitting them to the WASB.

The best way you can get the WASB working on your issue is to offer a board resolution stating what you think our position on the issue should be and why.  It can be on literally any relevant topic and can create a new resolution or amend/eliminate existing ones.

The deadline for submitting board resolutions to WASB is Sept. 15. WASB provides a fillable PDF form and instructions for submitting your board’s resolution. Continue reading Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB

John Ashley statement on state budget

“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.”

Updated WASB Budget Chart posted

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

2019 WASB resolutions book available online

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

John Ashley statement on JFC K-12 budget package

“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.”