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Final recommendations of school funding panel released

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

January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention

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

Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.

Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year.  Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. 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 Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

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

Sen. Luther Olsen named chair of Senate education committee

State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) returns as chair of the Senate Committee on Education. Sen. Olsen is a former Berlin school board member and has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004.  He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Senate in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs.  Vice chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet.  The new session begins on January 7, 2019.

Option papers released for final Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding meeting

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.)

“Dark Store” study committee postpones final votes, but adds provisions affecting schools

Yesterday (Dec. 11), the Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices met to discuss three bill drafts making changes to the property tax assessment process, none of which would close the so-called “dark store” or “Walgreens” tax loopholes.

Although Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), the study committee’s chair, had hoped yesterday’s meeting would be the study committee’s final meeting, study committee members raised many questions and proposed several amendments to each bill draft.

One bill draft considered yesterday —LRB 0485/1—directly concerns school boards.

Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee postpones final votes, but adds provisions affecting schools