Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20

The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to take up Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20.  The state Assembly has already passed AB 835 on a vote of 91-2.  If passed by the state Senate, it goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. An amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved by the Assembly.

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WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress

Last week, members of the WASB Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of our Wisconsin Congressional delegation and their staff and discuss WASB’s concerns and priorities for federal legislation affecting K-12 public schools.

It was a vital time to be on Capitol Hill as Congress worked on funding legislation to avert a federal government shutdown and to begin finalizing 2018 fiscal year funding as well as making preparations to take up the fiscal year 2019 budget. Continue reading WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress

Several K-12 bills to be taken up in Assembly Feb. 20-21

The state Assembly is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22.  A proposed calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday has been released including the following bills related to K-12 education:

Assembly Bill 215: Education about nutrition.

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President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%

On Monday (Feb. 12), President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018.  This is the second budget proposal of his presidency, and, in many ways, it resembles the budget he proposed last year.

The latest plan would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s budget for fiscal 2019 by about $3.6 billion or roughly 5.3 percent compared to current levels.  While significant, this represents a smaller cut than what the president sought for fiscal 2018, when he proposed cutting $9.2 billion—or 13.5 percent—from the Education Department. Continue reading President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%

Assembly passes sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill

The state Assembly approved Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) during their floor session on Tuesday, February 13 on a vote of 91-2.  Reps. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) & Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) voted No on the measure.  The bill is now awaiting action by the state Senate before going to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. The amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved. Continue reading Assembly passes sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill

Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin  Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:

Assembly Bill 780Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records.  This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care.  It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing.   AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).  (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

Governor, Assembly Republicans agree to sales tax holiday and child tax rebate

Assembly Republicans and Governor Walker have struck a deal on a proposal to provide taxpayers with a one-time tax credit of $100 per child and a one-time sales tax holiday for purchases of $100 or less. This agreement replaces an earlier plan proposed by the governor to create an ongoing, annual child tax credit.

While Republicans who firmly control the state Assembly are on board, the future of the proposal in the GOP-controlled state Senate, however, is uncertain.

According to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), it’s unclear whether Senate Republicans will support it.  Fitzgerald said he will discuss the proposal with his members Tuesday.

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