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Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.

Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings.  No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set

December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is expected to meet sometime between now and the Christmas holiday to review the recommendations each member of the Commission brought forward and to try to come to a consensus on what official recommendations the Commission will make.  Watch the Legislative Update blog for updates on the scheduling of this meeting. Continue reading December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission

School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election.  Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval.  Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

School funding panel holds final hearing; Thanks to all school leaders who testified

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held the last of eight scheduled public hearing in Madison on June 4.  The Commission heard from invited speakers about how Wisconsin’s school funding system ranks nationally and then took input from the public.

The Commission’s co-chairs, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), mapped out the committee’s next steps at the close of the hearing.  They plan to meet individually with each member of the commission over the next couple of months, accompanied by staff from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.  Together they will to go over what each member believes needs to be done to reform school funding and then work to draft proposals. The Commission will then come together once more as a group to finalize its proposals before making its recommendations to Governor Walker and the legislature.  Continue reading School funding panel holds final hearing; Thanks to all school leaders who testified

School funding panel sets final public hearing for June 4

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold its last scheduled public hearing in Madison on June 4.  The hearing will take place in the room 412 East of the State Capitol. 

This will be your final opportunity to provide in-person testimony to the Commission. If you can’t make it to speak in-person on June 4 but still wish to be heard, you can submit written testimony. Continue reading School funding panel sets final public hearing for June 4

May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks

With what was likely the last floor action for the 2017-18 legislative session completed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to thank state legislators who have done positive things for K-12 public education.  Showing gratitude and giving credit when lawmakers do things that we support is a crucial component in building relationships with them.  We don’t want them to feel we were unappreciative the next time we ask for their support.

Overall, it was a very good session for public education and there were many lawmakers from both parties who showed a strong interest in working with their local school boards and administrators as well as with the WASB.  We are highlighting only a few examples in this post, which is neither exhaustive nor complete, so if you don’t see your legislators and they have been helpful to you in some way please reach out to thank them. Continue reading May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks

Governor signs three more K-12 education related bills into law

In a ceremony in his Capitol office, Governor Walker signed three bills the WASB supported into law Tuesday morning (April 3).  Specifically, the governor signed:

Senate Bill 407 – Transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils  (Act 215)

Continue reading Governor signs three more K-12 education related bills into law