Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues.
What’s on the ballot on Tuesday?
Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: VOTE on Tuesday!
If you attended your WASB fall regional meeting, you heard us talk about what a unique opportunity we have for K-12 education heading into the Nov. 6 election and the next state budget. We have a public concerned about K-12 and showing historic levels of support for investing in public schools. This combination has led to support for K-12 being a central issue in the race for governor and in high-profile state legislative races.
The period between the election and the start of the next legislative session in January is the ideal time to begin (or continue) developing relationships with your state legislators. As former legislative staff, Dan Rossmiller & Chris Kulow will describe the inner workings of legislative offices with tips and insight on how to make efficient and effective contacts on behalf of your schools. Continue reading Plan to attend one of the new WASB Legislative Advocacy Workshops
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker has pledged to restore the state’s commitment to cover two-thirds of school costs without raising property taxes. State Supt. Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger, promised the same when he released his education plan.
Two-thirds funding was a commitment established in state law in 1993 to reduce the burden on property taxes. This commitment was repealed in the 2003-05 state budget. In December 2017, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) estimated that state support in the 2017-18 school year would be 64.8%. With no per pupil adjustment to revenue limits and an infusion of per pupil categorical aid ($190 million) from the state and a modest increase in state general aid ($73 million), the percentage was projected by the LFB to increase to 65.8% in 2018-19.
It should be noted that returning to the state providing two-thirds funding alone does not necessarily mean additional resources for school districts. The way two-thirds funding is calculated, all of the increase from the state could go into levy credits, which would reduce property tax bills but would not increase school budgets one dime. Or if general aids are increased but revenue limits are not adjusted, it could simply mean a higher percentage of that capped amount would come from the state and the percentage from property taxes would decrease correspondingly.
The Nov. 6 ballot will include 82 referenda questions in 61 school districts.
Over half (44) of these ballot requests will ask voters to approve the issuance of debt. If all are approved, those requests would provide $1.25 billion for improvements to school facilities. The requests come on top of the $515.8 million in debt issuance approved by voters via local school district referenda earlier this year.
The remaining 38 referenda on the November ballot are for operating purposes. Of these, 24 seek approval of non-recurring revenue limit exemptions adding up to $157 million; while 14 ask for recurring exemptions to the revenue limit totaling $26.1 million.
Continue reading 2018 could be record year for school referenda
The newest Marquette Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin (pictured) on September 18 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. It featured K-12 education-related questions including the recurring question of increased school funding vs reducing property taxes:
This continues a trend of strong support for increased school spending: Continue reading MU Law Poll: continued strong support for increased K-12 funding
The newest Marquette Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin (pictured) on August 22 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. It featured several K-12 education-related questions including the recurring question of increased school funding vs reducing property taxes:
This number is up from the 59% who preferred school funding in June.
Continue reading MU Law Poll: strong support again for increased K-12 funding; education is a top issue
Following Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) August partisan primary election, we now know the candidates from each party who will be on the ballot in November.
In the governor’s race, Republican incumbent Scott Walker will face a challenge from State Superintendent Tony Evers, who won the Democratic nomination over a field of eight other candidates. Many observers predict education issues will feature prominently in that race.
Continue reading November’s general election field set