A new analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and provided to the WASB by Capitol sources shows the impact on school districts statewide of shifting from Governor Walker’s proposed increases in sparsity aid to an increase in the low revenue ceiling which was first proposed by the state Assembly. The impact amounts to shifting proposed resources from districts that would qualify for sparsity aid under the governor’s proposal to giving historically low spending districts the opportunity to catch up with higher revenue districts by raising revenue locally.
To be clear, both of these investments have merit and the WASB membership has gone on record in support of both via Delegate Assembly resolutions. Our position is that the legislature should prioritize and fund both. Continue reading Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact
Here we compare the Senate Republican plan released on July 12 and the Assembly Republican plan released on June 6 on some of the major K-12 provisions in the state budget bill and the WASB position on those provisions:
Per-Pupil Categorical Aid
Senate/Governor: Increase per-pupil aid $200 in 2017-18 and $204 in 2018-19.
Assembly: Increase per-pupil aid $150 in 2017-18 and $200 in 2018-19.
WASB: has supported the $200/$204 per pupil increase since it was first proposed by the Governor. Continue reading Comparing Senate, Assembly GOP K-12 Budget Plans
At a Capitol press conference, Senate Republicans today released key details behind their budget proposal and a set of memos from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau summarizing the plan.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said that the Senate GOP proposal includes all actions taken by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) through June 15, plus what his caucus worked on as well as the agreements the Senate has reached with the Assembly on K-12 funding. Fitzgerald sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asking for the Assembly GOP’s response to the Senate proposal in the hope that the JFC can meet and complete all outstanding issues in one session.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Latest state budget plan increases money for schools, but local taxpayers share costs
Among the key K-12 provisions affecting public schools are the following: Continue reading State Senate Republicans Unveil Budget Plan
The WASB Summer Leadership Institute is this Friday & Saturday (July 14-15) in Green Bay. The event will kick off with a networking dinner and inspiring keynote speaker and former Packer George E. Koonce, Jr. on Friday evening. Saturday will feature three tracks of programming focusing on:
–the fundamentals of board governance for members in their first term of office;
–advanced board governance for more experienced members; and
–a mix of popular topics featuring engagement at each level – with fellow board members, students, staff and the community.
At the conclusion of the event, all tracks will conclude with a legislative/budget update from Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller. Dan will share details of what Capitol sources indicate the Senate and Assembly have agreed on (as well as predictions on what they are likely to agree on) and will be included in the Joint Finance Committee K-12 budget. Will the Governor’s proposed per pupil aid increases survive intact? What about help for low-spending districts? Sparsity aid? Voucher expansion? Attend the legislative/budget update session at 2:30 p.m. to find out.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend in Green Bay!
Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Legislature will miss the budget deadline of June 30. The state’s new fiscal year begins July 1, but in Wisconsin, unlike at the federal level, if the budget is not signed before that date, expenditures continue at current levels.
Stein also reported: “Senate and Assembly leaders have reached a general agreement on increasing funding for rural school districts with small budgets. But there’s still no deal yet on other key disagreements such as transportation and taxes.” Continue reading K-12 State Budget Update
Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that state Senate Republicans are working on an alternative K-12 funding plan to one released previously by the Assembly GOP. The Senate plan reportedly also focuses on helping historically low-spending school districts.
The difference appears to be that whereas the Assembly GOP plan would allow those districts to raise revenue locally (property tax), the Senate GOP caucus members are looking to target state aid to low spenders. See the full story below with quotes from Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald , Assembly Speaker Vos, Sen. Olsen, JFC Co-Chair Nygren and more:
JSOnline: Senate GOP plan would help Wisconsin’s low-spending schools
WASB issued a joint memo to the Governor and Legislature along with the following K-12 groups: the School Administrators Alliance (SAA), the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) and the Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance (SWSA).
The key message is we collectively support both the $200/$204 increases in per pupil categorical aid for all school districts and a significant increase in the low revenue ceiling to allow historically low-spending districts to raise revenue locally.
See the joint memo HERE.