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.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday preserved the powers of the state’s schools superintendent, finding unconstitutional a law Republicans passed in 2011 that requires state agencies to seek approval from the governor before creating new administrative rules to carry out policies, regulations and laws according to the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Continue reading Independence/Authority of State Supt. Upheld by Supreme Court
The WASB along with the School Administrators Alliance (SAA) sent a joint letter to state legislative leaders to request that language relating to teacher licensure in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) K-12 education omnibus motion be removed from the state budget proposal and be approached in a more thoughtful manner that includes a public hearing and an opportunity for input by the public, school boards, and administrators.
While we recognize the desirability of providing flexibility in licensure to address teacher shortages in certain subject areas and geographic regions in our state, we also recognize the quality of the teacher in the classroom is the most important school-based factor in improving student achievement. Continue reading WASB/SAA Joint Letter to Legislative Leaders on Teacher Licensure Changes
The WASB along with the School Administrators Alliance (SAA)* sent a joint letter to state legislative leaders to request that language in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) K-12 education omnibus motion relating to changing the timelines for contract renewal/nonrenewal for teachers and administrators be removed.
This JFC language would modify the dates by which a school board must give a teacher or administrator written notice of renewal /nonrenewal of his or her contract in odd-numbered years in which the biennial state budget is adopted and would modify the date for administrators in all years. Continue reading WASB & School Administrators Alliance Send Joint Letter to Legislative Leaders on Contract Renewal Timelines