A bill draft currently being circulated among state legislators would allow them to sign on (as a co-author) and support legislation that would provide information on property tax bills relating to state aid deductions from public school districts to fund vouchers. The draft bill is being circulated by state Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), state Representatives Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) and Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa).
Based on our member-approved resolutions, the WASB supports this bill and encourages you to contact your state lawmakers and ask them to sign on to LRB 2897. Continue reading Voucher transparency draft circulated for lawmaker support
From Patrick Marley and Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“Now cemented in place as adversaries, the three most powerful people in Wisconsin’s divided government must decide how much money to spend on vital services like schools and transportation.
“But they’re barely talking.
“Barring a breakthrough in negotiations, the state is on a path to adopt a state budget that won’t include anything new, including the education and health-care proposals that propelled Evers to victory in November.”
Read More: In divided Wisconsin, the governor and legislative leaders are barely talking
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