As we posted earlier, the dates and locations of four public hearings of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the state budget have been announced. Members of interest groups and the general public may testify, while testimony from lobbyists is frowned upon. These hearings are a great chance for your board to provide testimony highlighting the most important issues for your district. Continue reading April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing
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
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
Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019. This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day. As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction. This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.
Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC). The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget. Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13. Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.
The WASB has often encouraged school boards to adopt resolutions on various topics as part of a board’s legislative advocacy. From time to time, the WASB provides sample board resolutions on specific topics. We also post resolutions adopted by local school boards on our “Boards Taking Action” webpage.
Here’s some advice on how to ensure that your board resolutions will be part of an effective strategy in influencing your lawmakers:
State Assembly committee membership has been set for the 2019-20 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is returning as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education. Included in the committee membership are two newly-elected members who are also sitting school board members: Rep. Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum) and Rep. Robert Wittke (Racine Unified, not running for reelection in April). Rep. Don Vruwink is also a sitting school board member (Milton) and Vice-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens is a former school board member (Sturgeon Bay) and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Below are the other committee members including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly education committee: new members and the school districts they represent