On June 18, the state Assembly met in floor session to act on a number of bills. K-12 education-related bills to expand the minority teacher loan program, include parent/guardian names as directory data under the state’s pupil records law, allow schools to provide prior notice of school safety drills to certain students and require certain information on school report cards were each approved on a voice vote (unanimously). A bill requiring the DPI to create a guidebook on dyslexia and related conditions for use by school districts and parents was approved on a vote of 76-21. These bills now head to the state Senate for consideration. Continue reading Assembly passes a number of K-12 bills
While our main focus so far this legislative session has been on the state budget, separate legislation impacting school districts continue to be introduced. We are continually updating our WASB State Bill Tracking Chart as new bills are released so please check it regularly.
The chart can be found on the header menu of this blog under “WASB Resources” and on our main website, WASB.org, under Services & Resources>>>Advocacy & Government Relations>>>State Bill Tracking Chart.
Examples of some recently added bills include: Continue reading WASB Bill Tracking Chart updated with non-budget legislation
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.”
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.
This was followed by a panel of state legislative leaders reacting to various proposals included in the governor’s budget.
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