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Commission Begins Tackling Wisconsin School Funding

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.

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School Funding Commission to Hold First Meeting Dec. 14

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

Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding

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

School Leaders Invited to Attend WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference on Nov. 4 in Stevens Point

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.

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Employee TB Screening and State Aid Payment Schedule Bills Receive Public Hearing

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, held a public hearing on Aug. 24 on the following bills:

Assembly Bill 382 – This bill relates to screening school district employees for tuberculosis. The WASB worked with the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses and state Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) to develop this bill.

WASB supports this bill and believes it will safeguard student, staff and public health while reducing school district costs.  See: WASB Testimony on AB 382 Continue reading Employee TB Screening and State Aid Payment Schedule Bills Receive Public Hearing

Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)

thiesfeldtAssembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced state Assembly committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session.  As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Assembly Education Committee.  This is his second session as chair of the committee. Below are the other GOP Representatives (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 Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt to Return as Chair of Assembly Education Committee

thiesfeldtState Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) returns as chair of the Assembly Committee on Education.  Rep. Thiesfeldt is a former teacher and administrator in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school. Vice chair of the committee is Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), a veterinarian and former school board member. Rep. Kitchens was president of the Sturgeon Bay School Board for 12 years. Continue reading Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt to Return as Chair of Assembly Education Committee