Ahead of Gov. Evers’ anticipated introduction of his proposed 2019-21 state budget on Thursday (Feb. 28), we thought this would be a good time to let you know about just a few of the non-budget advocacy activities the WASB Government Relations Team has been engaged with.
Method for Giving Notice of Special Board Meetings – We’ve been working with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on draft legislation to modernize the statutory procedures for providing notice of special school board meetings. The language would mirror a similar change made last session which updated the statutes relating to giving notice of special city council meetings. We expect this draft bill will be circulated for co-signers in the coming weeks. Continue reading As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation
State Assembly committee membership has been set for the 2019-20 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is returning as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education. Included in the committee membership are two newly-elected members who are also sitting school board members: Rep. Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum) and Rep. Robert Wittke (Racine Unified, not running for reelection in April). Rep. Don Vruwink is also a sitting school board member (Milton) and Vice-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens is a former school board member (Sturgeon Bay) and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Below are the other committee members 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 Assembly education committee: new members and the school districts they represent
The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding was released Jan. 7 by co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).
The report was compiled by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau staff and contains the Commission’s recommendations for school funding reforms in 13 different areas. Continue reading Final recommendations of school funding panel released
We hope to see you in Milwaukee for the 2019 State Education Convention. You have many excellent choices for sessions to attend and we would like to highlight two here for your consideration: The WASB Legislative Update and The Blue Ribbon Commission: Where Do We Go From Here? featuring co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) as well as commission members Michelle Langenfeld (District Administrator-Green Bay), Joni Burgin (District Administrator-Grantsburg), Ted Neitzke (Administrator-CESA 6) and Dan Rossmiller (Govt Relations Director-WASB).
See below for details on each session: Continue reading January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention
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
A set of 19 option papers on various school funding topics has been released by the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay). (See pictured at left).
The options presented in the papers, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) in consultation with the co-chairs, will form the basis for the Commission’s discussions when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (See previous post.)
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.
Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings. No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set