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Why WASB resolutions matter and why your board should be involved

More and more stories are appearing in the media about policy resolutions local school boards are debating and adopting that could play a big role in shaping the WASB’s policy direction, including its legislative advocacy. Your board has until Sept. 15 to adopt and submit a resolution to either set or change the direction of the WASB’s policies and legislative advocacy.

Here’s a refresher on how the WASB resolution process works and why it is important: Continue reading Why WASB resolutions matter and why your board should be involved

January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention

We hope to see you in Milwaukee for the 2019 State Education Convention.  You have many excellent choices for sessions to attend and we would like to highlight two here for your consideration: The WASB Legislative Update and The Blue Ribbon Commission: Where Do We Go From Here?  featuring co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) as well as commission members Michelle Langenfeld (District Administrator-Green Bay), Joni Burgin (District Administrator-Grantsburg), Ted Neitzke (Administrator-CESA 6) and Dan Rossmiller (Govt Relations Director-WASB).

See below for details on each session: Continue reading January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention

School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

When the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final meeting  on Dec. 19, it was clear that the voices of school leaders who testified at hearings held around the state and those who submitted written comments were heard. As Commission members worked their way through option papers on various school funding topics, the stories school leaders told were frequently cited.

See Statements from the co-chairs: Rep. Kitchens; Sen. Olsen

In the same way school leaders advocated effectively to persuade the legislators who were members of the Commission, now it will be time for school leaders to advocate with their own legislators to ensure these vital recommendations become law. Continue reading School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

Thank you to the school boards who submitted resolutions to the WASB

The WASB has received 32 resolutions from 17 member school boards this year.  The boards who submitted resolutions are: Baraboo, Beloit, Central-Westosha, Eau Claire Area, Florence County, Goodman-Armstrong Creek, Hartland Lakeside, Holy Hill Area, Janesville, Neenah, Niagara, Shorewood, Siren, South Milwaukee, Union Grove, Waukesha and Wauwatosa.

If you submitted a resolution and do not see your board listed, please contact us at (608) 257-2622; (877) 705-4422 (toll free); or email.  Thank you to these boards for participating and taking an active role in shaping the direction of the WASB. Continue reading Thank you to the school boards who submitted resolutions to the WASB

Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB

Individual school boards and school board members provide the policy guidance and direction that informs the WASB’s legislative agenda and legislative advocacy efforts on your behalf.  This begins with individual boards adopting resolutions and forwarding them to the WASB.

Each January, during the State Education Convention, a representative (delegate) of each WASB member school board in the state votes on the submitted resolutions in a gathering called the WASB Delegate Assembly.  The resolutions adopted by these school board member delegates are the official positions of the WASB and remain in force until amended or repealed. You can find all of  these resolutions collected in the 2018 WASB Resolutions Book. Continue reading Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB

June advocacy tip: consider serving on WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee

As a member of the WASB, you have the opportunity to play in active part in determining our positions on key issues. The Policy & Resolutions Committee plays an integral role in what resolutions are debated and voted on each year at the Delegate Assembly meeting at the State Education Convention. Resolutions adopted at the Delegate Assembly become the official positions of the WASB.

The Policy and Resolutions Committee is appointed annually by the WASB President following recommendations made by the members of our Board of Directors.  The committee is comprised of a least one school board member from each WASB region and from each type of school district (i.e., common, unified, K-8 and UHS). Continue reading June advocacy tip: consider serving on WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee

Gov. Walker Addresses State Education Convention

Speaking before the State Education Convention last Friday, Gov. Walker said he will use a portion of the surplus funds to cover the cost of the legislative proposal to increase sparsity aid $100 per pupil which is expected to cost the state about $6.4 million next year. The governor also backed the part of the bill he previously vetoed from the state budget that would raise the low-revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil next year and eventually to $9,800 per pupil by the 2022-23 school year.  

Gov. Walker told convention attendees he expects lawmakers to back this legislation, which has been introduced as identical companion bills Senate Bill 690 and Assembly Bill 835.  The governor is expected to highlight these bills in his State of the State speech at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 24 and urge lawmakers to approve them.  AB 835 has a public hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday, January 25. SB 690 was referred to the Joint Finance Committee.