Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 217 which will allow school board members to be volunteer coaches and extracurricular activity supervisors under certain conditions into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 92. WASB supported and helped draft this law after delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly approved what is now WASB Resolution 6.22.
WASB thanks School District of Tomah Board of Education member Nancy McCoy for being the driving force behind this legislation. We would also like to thank state Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and state Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) for authoring this legislation (special kudos to Rep. VanderMeer on getting her first bill signed into law!).
The state Assembly sent the two-year $72.7 billion state budget to Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday, giving him just enough time to sign it before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday.
The budget passed 52-46, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the budget. The budget was not changed from what the state Senate passed 18-15 Tuesday.
The Assembly Republicans voting against the budget were Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls, Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, James Edming of Glen Flora, David Heaton of Wausau, Scott Krug of Nekoosa, Lee Nerison of Westby, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, Warren Petryk of Eleva, Keith Ripp of Lodi, Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah.
The following are budget listening sessions being held by state legislators in their districts. Please review the entire list as there may be one in your area. It is very important to attend and communicate your budget concerns with your legislators. Explain how the cuts in funding will affect students. What legislators hear in these meetings does make a difference!