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Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged

The four legislative caucuses recently met to elect their leadership teams and, on the whole, there were not many changes from last session.

Lawmakers new to their leadership posts are marked *.

Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as Majority Leader and Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) as President.  Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) returns as Senate Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  Also elected to the Senate GOP leadership team are Sens.: Continue reading Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged

Another Successful Day at the Capitol is in the Books Thanks to You

WASB Day at the Capitol was held this past Wednesday, March 15.  Over 250 school board members, administrators and others made their way to Madison to take our message to the Capitol.  Thank you to all who took time out of their schedules to make the trip!

DSC_0102The morning program began with WASB President Capt. Terry McCloskey, USN Retired, of the Three Lakes School Board welcoming attendees and introducing Secretary Scott Neitzel of the Wisconsin Dept. of Administration (the agency that puts together the governor’s budget) who provided an overview of Governor Walker’s budget proposal.   Continue reading Another Successful Day at the Capitol is in the Books Thanks to You

March Advocacy Tip: Attend WASB Day at the Capitol

Join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 15 to take our message to the Capitol!  With the legislature beginning their review of Governor Walker’s budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators about public school budget priorities.

With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard.  This time we have the advantage of the governor proposing a significant increase to schools in his budget and we need to make sure the legislature knows how important that investment is to our schools and the students they serve.

The 2017 Day at the Capitol makes it easy. The WASB will schedule meetings with legislators for you and provide talking points in advance to help you prepare. Register Today! Here is the day’s agenda: Continue reading March Advocacy Tip: Attend WASB Day at the Capitol

School-Based Mental Health Initiatives on the Horizon

Rear view of class raising handsStudent mental health will be among the biggest education-related issues heading into the next legislative session and state budget. According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), 20 percent of children experience a significant mental health issue and less than a third of those will receive the services they need.

A group of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporters has compiled a list of 10 potential legislative actions to address mental health issues, including teen suicide and bullying, that are based on a year of reporting in a series titled Kids in Crisis. They may also give an idea on what proposals we could see from legislators next year as evidenced by the reactions from several state lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), to their recommendations. Continue reading School-Based Mental Health Initiatives on the Horizon

State to Spend $258M on Vouchers Next School Year

The state will spend $258 million the 2016-17 school year on private school vouchers, according to an analysis drafted by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau in a memo requested by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

At the same time, the amount of state aid sent to public schools will be reduced by $83 million to offset the voucher spending, for a net cost to the state of $175 million.

The amount spent each year on school vouchers will have increased by 77 percent next school year over 2011 levels, as lawmakers have expanded the number of vouchers available to students and where they can be used since then.

The amount of money spent has risen from $146 million in the 2011-12 school year to $236 million this school year. Continue reading State to Spend $258M on Vouchers Next School Year