Nearly nine months ago, the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding issued its recommendations. Ever since, school leaders have been waiting patiently for those recommendations to be put forward as legislation.
Recently, however, a number of bills have been put forward to implement recommendations made by the Commission. Several are described below:
Senate Bill 182 and Assembly Bill 196, a pair of companion bills authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), would expand eligibility for sparsity aid in a way that mirrors the recommendations made by both the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Rural Schools Task Force (2013). (See Recommendation #2 under Sparsity Aid on page 7 of the Commission Report.)
Continue reading Bills Reflecting Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations Are Being Advanced
Late yesterday, the Co-Chairs of the state legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC), Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), released a memo detailing the budget process moving forward as well as the items from the governor’s proposal that will be excluded from consideration. This list (see below) should not be confused with items identified by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) as non-fiscal policy items. Those items are marked with an asterisk* in the list below. Reasoning for why particular items are being removed is not given. Continue reading Major initiatives in Gov. Evers K-12 budget will not be considered by budget committee
Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.
Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year. Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. 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 Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent
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
The four legislative caucuses recently met to elect their leadership teams and, on the whole, there were not many changes from last session.
Lawmakers new to their leadership posts are marked *.
Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as Majority Leader and Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) as President. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) returns as Senate Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC). Also elected to the Senate GOP leadership team are Sens.: Continue reading Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the leaders of each house of the Wisconsin Legislature, today announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to be chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) (pictured at left from the Legislative Advocacy Conference). WASB Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller has been appointed to the commission.
The press release announcing the formation of the commission indicates, “The commission will hold its first meeting this month. Beginning next year, the commission will travel around the state conducting public hearings to learn more about school funding issues in Wisconsin. Recommendations will be given to legislative leaders before the end of the session.” Continue reading Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), told UpFront with Mike Gousha that the committee plans to take up K-12 education on August 28. It was not clear if she meant on Monday, Aug. 28 or that week as committees typically do not meet on Mondays. We will keep you up to date here as more information becomes available.
See our previous posts on the most recently released negotiated positions, the impact on school districts of increasing sparsity aid vs. increasing the low revenue ceiling and the possible effects of a late state budget on schools. Continue reading Co-Chair: Budget Committee Plans to Take Up K-12 Aug. 28