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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

Resolutions Approved by 2019 WASB Delegate Assembly Now Online

The Final Report to the Membership on Resolutions Adopted by the 2019 WASB Delegate Assembly is now posted on the WASB website (www.wasb.org) on the Delegate Assembly page.  To find it, look under the Advocacy and Government Relations tab, then click on the Delegate Assembly link.

Thanks to all delegates and boards for your work on these resolutions.

Thanks also to the many boards that submitted resolutions and to the dedicated board members from around the state who served on the WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee that reviewed those submitted resolutions.

These newly adopted resolutions will now be placed in the 2019 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book, which will be published later this Spring, and will remain in force until amended or repealed. To find the 2018 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book click here.

February advocacy tip: Use board resolutions effectively

The WASB has often encouraged school boards to adopt resolutions on various topics as part of a board’s legislative advocacy.   From time to time, the WASB provides sample board resolutions on specific topics.  We also post resolutions adopted by local school boards on our “Boards Taking Action” webpage.

Here’s some advice on how to ensure that your board resolutions will be part of an effective strategy in influencing your lawmakers:

Continue reading February advocacy tip: Use board resolutions effectively

School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018

As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018.  One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.

What will be the top posts of 2019?  Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!

Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018