Tag Archives: K-12 Funding

Forecast for Day at the Capitol: Good meetings

Our prediction is that whatever the weather, you will have good meetings with your lawmakers during the WASB Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13.

We’ve arranged meetings for you and will have informative presentations, handouts and leave behind materials for you. Your role is to make sure legislators don’t take resources for schools for granted.

With talk about the Legislature possibly scrapping the governor’s budget and starting from scratch, your voice telling the legislators who represent you to follow the public’s lead and provide necessary resources for schools is more important than ever! Continue reading Forecast for Day at the Capitol: Good meetings

Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget

Gov. Evers’ proposed 2019-21 state budget has been introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 (and as 2019 Assembly Bill 56).

Key selected highlights of the governor’s K-12 education budget include the following:

School Funding Reform Provisions Continue reading Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget

Gov. Evers’ budget proposal introduced; reaction falls along partisan lines

Governor Tony Evers delivered his first budget address last night in conjunction with introducing his state budget proposal.  Here are links to the Budget in Brief and the entire 2019-21 Executive Budget broken out by agency.

WASB staff are busy poring over the details that pertain to K-12 education.  We will be releasing a series of posts here on the major K-12 provisions included in the Governor’s proposal.

Reactions to the proposal predictably fall along partisan lines as legislative Republicans have sharply criticized the plan and announced they will throw it out and work from current law funding levels. Continue reading Gov. Evers’ budget proposal introduced; reaction falls along partisan lines

Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:

Gov. Evers is expected to propose: Continue reading Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.

Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years.  The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)

New resources for schools available from Wisconsin Policy Forum

Two new resources worthy of school leaders’ attention and consideration have recently been made available by the Wisconsin Policy Forum.  They are available free of charge, and are worth checking out.

The first is a detailed report on special education funding in Wisconsin highlighting the effects on school district finances of the underfunding of state special education categorical aid.
Continue reading New resources for schools available from Wisconsin Policy Forum

Gov. Evers budget address set for Feb. 28

Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019.  This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day.  As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction.  This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.

Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget.  Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13.  Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.