The package of legislation passed early the morning of Dec 5 in extraordinary session by the Wisconsin Legislature contains the language that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.
WASB and others asked lawmakers to remove that language based on our view that those funds are arguably constitutionally required to be deposited into the common school fund established by Wisconsin’s original state constitution. Read more on our position here. WASB is asking Governor Scott Walker to veto the bill that contained these provisions. See our veto letter here.
The GOP-controlled legislature is planning an extraordinary session to pass legislation while Gov. Scott Walker still holds office and before Gov-elect Tony Evers takes office on January 7, 2019. This could happen as soon as the week of Dec 3.
According to media reports (see: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal), several items are being discussed for the session: Continue reading No K-12 legislation being publicly discussed for extraordinary session…yet
Following a narrow defeat, Republican Gov. Scott Walker conceded Wednesday afternoon, signaling the beginning of an end to his eventful 8-year stint as Wisconsin Governor.
Walker will hand the reins to Democrat Tony Evers, the sitting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who defeated Walker in one of the closest gubernatorial races in recent state history. Gov. Walker offered the “full support of my staff and our cabinet” as Evers begins the transition process.
Continue reading Evers captures governor’s race, GOP keeps legislative control, two board members elected to Assembly
The newest Marquette University Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin on October 31 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. This poll asked more K-12 related questions than previous polls including questions on teacher pay and priorities for increasing student achievement.
K-12 education once again featured as a top issue for likely voters: Continue reading MU Law Poll: K-12 still a top issue for voters; governor race a dead heat
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker has pledged to restore the state’s commitment to cover two-thirds of school costs without raising property taxes. State Supt. Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger, promised the same when he released his education plan.
Two-thirds funding was a commitment established in state law in 1993 to reduce the burden on property taxes. This commitment was repealed in the 2003-05 state budget. In December 2017, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) estimated that state support in the 2017-18 school year would be 64.8%. With no per pupil adjustment to revenue limits and an infusion of per pupil categorical aid ($190 million) from the state and a modest increase in state general aid ($73 million), the percentage was projected by the LFB to increase to 65.8% in 2018-19.
It should be noted that returning to the state providing two-thirds funding alone does not necessarily mean additional resources for school districts. The way two-thirds funding is calculated, all of the increase from the state could go into levy credits, which would reduce property tax bills but would not increase school budgets one dime. Or if general aids are increased but revenue limits are not adjusted, it could simply mean a higher percentage of that capped amount would come from the state and the percentage from property taxes would decrease correspondingly.
A new memorandum prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) at the request of state Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) finds that the property tax bill estimate for taxes levied in 2017 and payable in 2018 for the statewide median-valued home is $27 higher than earlier estimated.
The new LFB memo updates an estimate of the property tax bill on the statewide median-valued home for the same tax year that was prepared when the state budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) was signed into law in September 2017. The new memo is based on final property tax levies and property tax credit distributions. Both memos used actual equalized property valuations.
The new memo shows the net tax bill on the median-valued home rose from $2,852 in 2016 to $2,876 in 2017, an increase of $24. The earlier memo had estimated a decrease of $3.
Continue reading New LFB memo finds last year’s property tax bill on median-valued state home $27 higher than originally estimated
From the Governor’s Office:
“Governor Scott Walker today announced $3.6 million in Dual Enrollment Fast Forward grants will be awarded to 14 technical schools to help students across the state at 209 school districts. The Governor made the announcement at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau…
“…Fast Forward Dual Enrollment Grants are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The grants will allow high school teachers to gain the same level of certification in their relevant subject area as instructors at their local technical college. This will allow those teachers to provide high school students the opportunity to dual enroll in college programs while still in high school without paying tuition prices.
“A full list of the grants awarded is available here. “