The 2019-20 legislative session is in full swing and numerous bills affecting K-12 education have already been introduced.
When legislation related to K-12 education is introduced, the WASB GR staff will analyze the bill and cross reference it with the resolutions that have been adopted by previous WASB Delegate Assemblies to determine what position we should take on the bill. Sometimes we will not take a position on a bill but will monitor it. Continue reading WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills
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)
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
The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.
SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs. Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding
Governor Tony Evers’ first annual State of the State address has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 (Time TBA). The speech is held before a joint session of the legislature in the Assembly chambers and is traditionally in the evening.
The State of the State typically provides some clues as to what will be included in the Governor’s state budget proposal as well as other priorities for the new legislative session. We will keep you updated here about any K-12 education items that are mentioned in the speech. You can also watch the address live on Wisconsin Eye. Continue reading State of the State address scheduled for Tuesday, January 22
The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:
“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion. Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”
For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together
State Assembly committee membership has been set for the 2019-20 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is returning as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education. Included in the committee membership are two newly-elected members who are also sitting school board members: Rep. Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum) and Rep. Robert Wittke (Racine Unified, not running for reelection in April). Rep. Don Vruwink is also a sitting school board member (Milton) and Vice-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens is a former school board member (Sturgeon Bay) and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Below are the other committee members including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly education committee: new members and the school districts they represent