The WASB has obtained updated information on the fiscal impact of Gov. Evers’ funding reform proposal on each school district. (See links below.)
The updated printout, generated by the DPI, provides information sorted alphabetically by district name and reflects both October 15th aid certification data for each district for 2018-19 and the School Levy Tax Credit amounts per district for 2018-19.
Continue reading Updated district-by-district information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal
Governor Tony Evers’ proposed budget calls for significant increases in state special education categorical (SPED) aid that would enable 30% of special education costs to be reimbursed in 2019-20 and 60% in 2020-21.
The current SPED aid amount is estimated to reimburse about 25.3% of special education costs eligible for reimbursement in 2018-19. Without an increase, the reimbursement rate is projected to drop below 25% in the future. Continue reading LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee typically holds several public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. These hearings are of two types: (1) informational agency briefings; and (2) public hearings.
According to The Wheeler Report, a letter sent to state agencies this week suggested a tentative schedule for two days of agency briefings to the JFC on the state budget as follows: Continue reading Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated
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)
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
Gov. Evers’ proposed 2019-21 state budget has been introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 (and as 2019 Assembly Bill 56).
Key selected highlights of the governor’s K-12 education budget include the following:
School Funding Reform Provisions Continue reading Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget
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.