Activity in the State Capitol around the issue of improving school safety intensified this week. The WASB has been meeting with the governor’s office as well as legislative leadership offices regarding how to best address the issue.
Based on our member-approved resolutions and informed by an effort from 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the WASB has asked for resources to be provided with as much local flexibility as possible on how they can be used in recognition of the differences between the 422 school districts in Wisconsin. There must be the ability for school districts to utilize school safety-related resources in ways that make the most sense based on local circumstances (facilities, local law enforcement presence, etc.) and identified needs. Continue reading Legislative session to address school safety appears increasingly likely
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the leaders of each house of the Wisconsin Legislature, today announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to be chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) (pictured at left from the Legislative Advocacy Conference). WASB Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller has been appointed to the commission.
The press release announcing the formation of the commission indicates, “The commission will hold its first meeting this month. Beginning next year, the commission will travel around the state conducting public hearings to learn more about school funding issues in Wisconsin. Recommendations will be given to legislative leaders before the end of the session.” Continue reading Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
Join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 15 to take our message to the Capitol! With the legislature beginning their review of Governor Walker’s budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators about public school budget priorities.
With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard. This time we have the advantage of the governor proposing a significant increase to schools in his budget and we need to make sure the legislature knows how important that investment is to our schools and the students they serve.
The 2017 Day at the Capitol makes it easy. The WASB will schedule meetings with legislators for you and provide talking points in advance to help you prepare. Register Today! Here is the day’s agenda: Continue reading March Advocacy Tip: Attend WASB Day at the Capitol
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced state Assembly committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Assembly Education Committee. This is his second session as chair of the committee. Below are the other GOP Representatives (minority/Democrat committee membership has not yet been announced) on the committee including the school districts represented by each. 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 Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
A year ago, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces including the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education. According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force was to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly.
The Urban Education Task Force chair, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), released her final report in June. Vice-chair Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb, pictured), on behalf of the task force Democrats, released a minority report which makes the following recommendations: Continue reading Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report
The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education has released its final report. The task force was convened by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) last year and chaired by Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) with the aim of improving educational outcomes at urban schools.
Vice Chair Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) issued a statement indicating Democrats on the task force would be releasing their own separate report soon.
The recommendations are:
Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations
WASB has heard that Assembly Amendment 2 to Assembly Bill 751 could be back for a committee vote as early as Monday (Feb. 8). The bill was scheduled to be voted on Thursday afternoon before it was pulled in response to a deluge of complaints.
Assembly Education Chair, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, when asked by Rep. Sondy Pope whether the bill would be back this session said it would be. The Assembly is expected to wrap its session before the end of February.
Whether the amendment is brought back in its current form or changed is unclear. WASB will keep you updated and encourages everyone to keep the pressure on their Assembly representatives.