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
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its seventh public hearing yesterday in Tomahawk and a number of themes emerged.
One common theme is that many northern Wisconsin school districts are challenged by declining enrollment. This has two main effects: first, it reduces districts’ revenue limit authority because revenue limits are tied to enrollment; and second, as the number of pupils decreases, at any given level of property values, a district will appear more property wealthy on a per pupil basis, which results in that district losing state aid under the general aid formula. Continue reading Several themes heard at Blue Ribbon Commission hearing in Tomahawk
The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today approved the K-12 education provisions of the 2017-19 state budget on a 12-4 party-line vote. The $639 million GOP K-12 package includes the following key provisions:
Per Pupil Categorical Aid Funding Increase—Provide all districts with an increase of $200 per pupil in 2017-18 and $204 per pupil in 2018-19. Payments would total $450 per pupil in 2017-18 and $654 per pupil in 2018-19.
Continue reading JFC-Approved K-12 Package Increases Per Pupil Aid; Boosts Low Spending Districts
The powerful Joint Finance Committee kicks off its public hearings in the on the proposed 2017-19 state budget next week with three day-long hearings in Platteville (Monday, March 3); West Allis (Wednesday, March 5); and Berlin (Friday, March 7).
With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard. These hearings are your perfect chance.
The start times and specific locations for the hearings are as follows (view Notice):
- UW-Platteville (Ullsvick Hall), April 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
30 South Hickory Street Platteville, WI 53818 (Chris)
- State Fair Park (Exposition Center), April 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8200 West Greenfield Avenue West Allis, WI 53214 (Dan)
- Berlin High School (Auditorium), April 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
222 Memorial Drive Berlin, WI 54923 (Chris)
Continue reading JFC Public Hearings on Budget Start Next Week in Platteville, West Allis & Berlin
As the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began hearing briefings from various state agencies concerning their budget requests, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel used a portion of his testimony to highlight investments in K-12 education Gov. Walker is proposing. Here is what Sec. Neitzel told committee members earlier today:
Continue reading DOA Secretary Neitzel’s Testimony to JFC Touts Investments in K-12 Education in Gov’s Proposed Budget