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
When the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final meeting on Dec. 19, it was clear that the voices of school leaders who testified at hearings held around the state and those who submitted written comments were heard. As Commission members worked their way through option papers on various school funding topics, the stories school leaders told were frequently cited.
See Statements from the co-chairs: Rep. Kitchens; Sen. Olsen
In the same way school leaders advocated effectively to persuade the legislators who were members of the Commission, now it will be time for school leaders to advocate with their own legislators to ensure these vital recommendations become law. Continue reading School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning
A set of 19 option papers on various school funding topics has been released by the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay). (See pictured at left).
The options presented in the papers, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) in consultation with the co-chairs, will form the basis for the Commission’s discussions when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (See previous post.)
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.
Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings. No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is expected to meet sometime between now and the Christmas holiday to review the recommendations each member of the Commission brought forward and to try to come to a consensus on what official recommendations the Commission will make. Watch the Legislative Update blog for updates on the scheduling of this meeting. Continue reading December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that State Superintendent Tony Evers will announce later today that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget request for the upcoming 2019-21 state budget will include a request for a $600 increase in special education categorical aid for school districts.
The paper reports the increase would more than double the rate at which the state reimburses districts for services they provide to students with disabilities from the current roughly 26 percent to 60 percent. Reimbursements are paid on a pro-rated basis and are based on the prior-year aidable costs incurred by districts.
Continue reading DPI to request $600 million boost in special education categorical aid
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held the last of eight scheduled public hearing in Madison on June 4. The Commission heard from invited speakers about how Wisconsin’s school funding system ranks nationally and then took input from the public.
The Commission’s co-chairs, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), mapped out the committee’s next steps at the close of the hearing. They plan to meet individually with each member of the commission over the next couple of months, accompanied by staff from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Together they will to go over what each member believes needs to be done to reform school funding and then work to draft proposals. The Commission will then come together once more as a group to finalize its proposals before making its recommendations to Governor Walker and the legislature. Continue reading School funding panel holds final hearing; Thanks to all school leaders who testified