The WASB State Budget Chart is now posted online. The chart provides item-by-item details on the major provisions of the proposed 2019-21 state budget bill affecting preK-12 public education.
At this point, the chart describes the key budget proposals recommended by the governor and how they align with or differ from what was requested by the Department of Public Instruction.
The chart also indicates the WASB’s position on each budget provision. Those positions are based on the applicable WASB Resolutions Adopted by WASB Delegate Assemblies. Continue reading WASB Budget Chart Now Online
The Assembly Education Committee will hold an informational public hearing tomorrow morning (Feb. 21) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol. The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), pictured at left.
Committee members will receive an informational briefing/update on K-12 education from representatives of the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Testimony will be from invited speakers only.
View public hearing notice.
The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.
Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years. The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)
A new national report on school breakfast programs by the nonprofit Washington-based Food Research and Action Center finds Wisconsin’s participation lags behind the rest of the country.
Although about 83 percent of schools in the state participated in the School Breakfast Program, that figure places Wisconsin near the bottom nationally, especially compared to at least 38 other states, where 90 percent or more schools participate in the program.
Continue reading Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast
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.
Do you know a student deserving special recognition?
The Star Student Program is an exciting new opportunity to recognize Wisconsin kids who take great strides in their everyday classroom activities.
Gov. Evers recognized the two first-ever recipients of the Star Student Award in Wisconsin during his State of the State Address.
Continue reading Star Student Program aims to recognize students making great progress in the classroom
In a recent blog post we provided a link to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Because some school board members have also requested information on the school funding reform plan proposed by Governor Tony Evers, we are providing links to the governor’s plan and information about it (see below).
Gov. Evers plans to make this funding reform proposal, which he refers to as the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan, part of the 2019-21 state budget bill he will be introducing later this month. Continue reading Information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal