Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.
Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year. Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent
With what was likely the last floor action for the 2017-18 legislative session completed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to thank state legislators who have done positive things for K-12 public education. Showing gratitude and giving credit when lawmakers do things that we support is a crucial component in building relationships with them. We don’t want them to feel we were unappreciative the next time we ask for their support.
Overall, it was a very good session for public education and there were many lawmakers from both parties who showed a strong interest in working with their local school boards and administrators as well as with the WASB. We are highlighting only a few examples in this post, which is neither exhaustive nor complete, so if you don’t see your legislators and they have been helpful to you in some way please reach out to thank them. Continue reading May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state Senate committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As expected, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004. He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003. Below are the other GOP Senators (minority/Democrat committee membership has not yet been announced) on the committee including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Senate Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
The WASB government relations staff traveled to Medford March 7 to attend their annual legislative forum. Many surrounding districts join together to hold this forum and it is well-attended by local school leaders and their area lawmakers. Kudos to all of the districts participating on a great meeting!
District officials from several districts discussed a variety of issues with the legislators in attendance, including school funding, transportation costs, teacher shortages as well as others. A group of Medford Area students offered their perspectives on the required Civics graduation test. The legislators listened, asked questions and offered their own perspective leading to a good and productive conversation.
The legislators in attendance were: Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) and Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford). Continue reading Medford Area School Districts Hold Legislative Forum
Senate Bill 197, authored by state Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), would make a false threat to use a firearm to injure or kill another person in a school zone a class I felony. The bill was heard by the Senate Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, chaired by state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) on Thursday (Jan. 7).
The bill was requested by law enforcement in reaction to a growing number of firearm threats targeting schools and school children. It would mirror current law in regard to bomb threats.
The WASB has registered in support of the bill, noting the anxiety and disruption that such threats cause among students, parents and school employees.