The Co-Chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have announced the dates and cities of all the future public hearings of the commission tasked with taking a comprehensive review of Wisconsin’s school funding system. Along with the already announced hearings on March 19 in La Crosse and March 26 in De Pere, the commission plans to hold the following hearings: Continue reading School funding commission releases full slate of hearing dates & locations
During last week’s State Education Convention, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, shared information about the Commission’s mission and schedule, including a memo outlining the scope of the Commission’s directive.
According to the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Scope Statement, the Commission is tasked with evaluating the following items:
The next meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is tentatively being set for Friday February 2, 2018 in Milwaukee.
We don’t have all the details yet about time and place as the public hearing notice has not yet been posted; however, the Commission will be taking testimony from school leaders (including board members, district administrators and school business officials) at this meeting. Continue reading Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Likely to Meet on Feb. 2
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding met for the first time yesterday (Dec. 14), holding an informational public hearing that featured presentations from the staff of the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) as well as the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Those presentations led to a lively question and answer session between presenters and Commission members.
The entire hearing was broadcast live on Wisconsin Eye, our state’s version of C-SPAN. A video recording of the entire hearing should be uploaded to the Wisconsin Eye website and available for viewing on Monday.
The newly-formed Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold its first meeting—an informational public hearing—Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 AM in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. (View meeting notice.)
The Commission will hear a presentation from the Department of Public Instruction and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Testimony will be from invited speakers only. Continue reading School Funding Commission to Hold First Meeting Dec. 14
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the leaders of each house of the Wisconsin Legislature, today announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to be chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) (pictured at left from the Legislative Advocacy Conference). WASB Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller has been appointed to the commission.
The press release announcing the formation of the commission indicates, “The commission will hold its first meeting this month. Beginning next year, the commission will travel around the state conducting public hearings to learn more about school funding issues in Wisconsin. Recommendations will be given to legislative leaders before the end of the session.” Continue reading Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
This year’s WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference will take a closer look at the current and future direction of school funding, including the growing impact the expansion of vouchers is having on district budgets and tax levies.
We’ll talk with two key state legislators to find out their thoughts and plans on school funding and education policy, including steps Wisconsin can take to improve student achievement to better compete with schools in the highest performing nations.
You’ll also hear directly from fellow school board members about how they have become effective advocates for their schools and the children in their districts and the impact their efforts are having on shaping legislative decision making.