Tag Archives: Advocacy

Please Join Us At Convention For GR-Related Sessions

The Government Relations (GR) team—WASB lobbyists Dan Rossmiller and Chris Kulow– will be engaged in a number of legislative-related events and activities during the 2018 State Education Convention.  We invite you attend to join us for any or all of these events.

WASB Pre-Delegate Assembly Discussion Session
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center–Crystal Ballroom, Fifth Floor

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Happy New Year! Let’s Make Advocacy a Habit in 2018

If your board is considering making New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, here’s one:  Discuss at least one legislative proposal or issue at every board meeting.

If you’ve attended WASB events like our regional meetings, legislative advocacy conference or state convention you’ve likely heard this advice before. Continue reading Happy New Year! Let’s Make Advocacy a Habit in 2018

November Advocacy Tip: Legislative Advocacy Conference Nov. 4

This year’s WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference is this Saturday, November 4 in Stevens Point. Online registration is closed but onsite registration will be available so you can still attend even if you haven’t registered yet.

We will have several sessions focused on advocacy tips and techniques including a panel of school board members who will talk about how they advocate for their schools with lawmakers.  Agreeing to appear on our panel are: Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: Legislative Advocacy Conference Nov. 4

School Leaders Invited to Attend WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference on Nov. 4 in Stevens Point

This year’s WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference will take a closer look at the current and future direction of school funding, including the growing impact the expansion of vouchers is having on district budgets and tax levies.

We’ll talk with two key state legislators to find out their thoughts and plans on school funding and education policy, including steps Wisconsin can take to improve student achievement to better compete with schools in the highest performing nations.

You’ll also hear directly from fellow school board members about how they have become effective advocates for their schools and the children in their districts and the impact their efforts are having on shaping legislative decision making.

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Appleton Column on Referenda Restriction Bill

Please check out a column in the Appleton Post Crescent written by Appleton Area School Board member Jim Bowman and former AASD CFO and current advisor Don Hietpas. This is a great example of school board/district advocacy and one other boards can use as a model.

The column argues against the bill currently being considered by the state legislature that would eliminate recurring operating referenda, limit multi-year non-recurring operating referenda to 5 years, and eliminate referendum-approved revenue authority that was approved in any previous recurring referendum five years after the effective date of the bill (Referendum Restriction Bill Is Worse Than You Thought).  Great job Jim and Don! Continue reading Appleton Column on Referenda Restriction Bill

Competitive Bidding Bill Scheduled for July 12 Hearing

A bill requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing  before the Assembly Committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg). The hearing will be held:

Wednesday, July 12
11:00 AM 
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Bills to Counter Property Tax Reduction Strategies Generate Day-Long Testimony

Local government leaders from across the state testified in the state Capitol June 29 in support of a pair of proposals (Assembly Bill 386 and Assembly Bill 387–see also previous post) that would change how “big box” stores and certain national pharmacy chains are assessed for property tax purposes in Wisconsin.

Speaking before the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, local government officials argued the bills would ensure businesses aren’t getting special treatment, and are paying their fair share of taxes. Continue reading Bills to Counter Property Tax Reduction Strategies Generate Day-Long Testimony