Tag Archives: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

Plan to convert federal Impact Aid into ESAs for military families appears halted

Proposals introduced during recent House and Senate deliberations on the pending National Defense Authorization Act would have redirected more than $400 million from the Impact Aid program to education savings accounts (ESAs) for private school tuition.  (See previous post.)  For the time being, those proposals will not advance.

The federal Impact Aid program provides funding to school districts with non-taxable federal properties within their jurisdictions. These properties include military installations and Native American tribal lands. (According to the DPI, 22 Wisconsin school districts received a total of more than $16 million in Impact Aid in 2016-17.) Continue reading Plan to convert federal Impact Aid into ESAs for military families appears halted

Federal plan to create “voucher-like” program for military-connected students draws criticism

A controversial proposal before Congress that would redirect federal Impact Aid funding away from public school districts and toward education savings accounts (ESAs) for students in military families is drawing criticism from the very families it is intended to benefit.

H.R. 5199, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, would re-purpose federal Impact Aid funding into a voucher-like program that would create ESAs military families could use to cover various education expenses – including private school tuition and private tutoring.    Continue reading Federal plan to create “voucher-like” program for military-connected students draws criticism

2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session.  Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.

If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart.  Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
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Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced

Joint Finance Committee:

  • Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
    The WASB supports these identical companion bills based on WASB Resolutions 2.16, 2.425 & 2.43.
  • A big thank you to Tim Stellmacher of the West Bend School Board (pictured) for taking the time to come and testify in support of the bill during the public hearing (on Feb. 7) along with administrators from Mukwonago, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oostburg and Slinger.

Continue reading Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced

Public hearing held on Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling bill

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing on the following items on Thursday, January 25. 

Assembly Bill 835
Relating to: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making
an appropriation. See our previous post for more information.
By Representatives Nygren, Felzkowski, Mursau, Kitchens, Ballweg, Bernier,
Born, Edming, Katsma, Kulp, Krug, Loudenbeck, Nerison, Novak, Petersen, Petryk,
Pronschinske, Quinn, Rohrkaste, Spiros, Steffen, Summerfield, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt,
Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer, Vorpagel, Rodriguez and Steineke; cosponsored by Senators
Marklein, Olsen, Testin, LeMahieu, Moulton and Tiffany. Continue reading Public hearing held on Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling bill

Federal Tax Overhaul Could Bring Significant Changes to K-12 Education

As the U.S. House and Senate work to reconcile their differing versions of a federal tax reform plan, one thing appears certain: significant changes are ahead for our nation’s schools.

If you’re curious about how provisions in the federal tax overhaul bill might affect K-12 students and schools, this brief, 4-minute audio report from National Public Radio provides a concise summary of the key changes proposed by Congress likely to impact public K-12 schools and their students.

 

U.S. House Passes Tax Code Overhaul Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a mammoth federal tax reform plan yesterday on what was essentially a party-line vote.  The final tally on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was 227 to 205, with all but 13 Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it.

The massive overhaul package, which would slash taxes for businesses and corporations and makes numerous tax changes for individuals, would also increase the national debt by up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

Continue reading U.S. House Passes Tax Code Overhaul Bill