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
We hope to see you in Milwaukee for the 2019 State Education Convention. You have many excellent choices for sessions to attend and we would like to highlight two here for your consideration: The WASB Legislative Update and The Blue Ribbon Commission: Where Do We Go From Here? featuring co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) as well as commission members Michelle Langenfeld (District Administrator-Green Bay), Joni Burgin (District Administrator-Grantsburg), Ted Neitzke (Administrator-CESA 6) and Dan Rossmiller (Govt Relations Director-WASB).
See below for details on each session: Continue reading January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention
As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018. One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.
What will be the top posts of 2019? Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!
Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018
Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes are hosting budget listening sessions across the state in advance of taking office on January 7, 2019 and subsequently proposing a state budget early in 2019.
See the Wispolitics.com links below for more information on registration and locations:
Monday, December 17th
– 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Gov.-elect Evers, Lt. Gov-elect Barnes: “Building the People’s Budget” tour. Superior. Continue reading Governor-elect holding budget listening sessions this week
The 16 members of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been set by legislative leadership. Each house (Senate & Assembly) have 8 members each with 6 members from the majority party and 2 from the minority party. Both houses have GOP majorities heading into the 2019-20 legislative session. Continue reading UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee
NOW is the time to get started on your advocacy efforts with your state legislators before the 2019-20 legislative session begins on January 7. Make a friend before you need a friend! For more tips and advice from WASB on advocacy, see the newly updated Legislative Advocacy Toolkit. Here are some things to consider for laying the groundwork for your advocacy plan: Continue reading December advocacy tip: Lay the foundation for successful legislative advocacy