Governor Scott Walker has confirmed he will be speaking at the Joint Education Convention in Milwaukee on Friday, January 19 during the 10:30 a.m. general session.
Also, Governor Walker’s 2018 State of the State Address will likely be held Wednesday, January 24. The presiding officers of the Senate and Assembly sent a joint letter inviting the governor to hold his annual address that day. The speech is held before a joint session of the legislature and a specific time has not yet been announced.
The Convention speech and State of the State could provide some clues as to what will be the focus of the governor’s reelection campaign and if any K-12 education initiatives are included. We will update you with more information when it is available.
School boards drive the WASB’s legislative advocacy. They really do.
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. How do they do that? Continue reading August Advocacy Tip: Resolutions Are Your Board’s Chance to Put Its Imprint on the WASB
If you attended our Friday morning Legislative Update session in Milwaukee during convention and were unable to get a copy of the presentation we are linking to it here: 2017-convention-legis-update
After the presentation is an appendix that provides contact information for the governor, state superintendent, Federal and state lawmakers as well as key committees and new legislators on the state level.
The WASB Delegate Assembly met and voted on proposed resolutions submitted by school boards and vetted through the WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee last week in Milwaukee at the Joint Education Convention. A recap, the Delegate Assembly Reporter, has been posted on our website.
The Delegates approved resolutions on state funding for mental health supports in schools, repealing the Sept 1 start date mandate, adjustments to revenue limits to allow low spending districts to catch up, and reaffirming local school board governance in relation to recovery school districts or other mechanisms among others. See all of the items in the Delegate Assembly Reporter.
The 96th annual WASB/WASDA/WASBO joint state education convention kicks off next week in Milwaukee. We hope to see you there!
There are several great opportunities for school board members who are interested in legislative advocacy to learn more about key issues and how to be more effective. This includes opportunities to participate in informational sessions related to the Delegate Assembly process that determines the WASB Resolutions and, in turn, the positions we take on issues before Congress and the state legislature. Continue reading Numerous Opportunities to Learn More About Advocacy at the State Convention
The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.
The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB. Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review
Saying a four-year college degree isn’t the only path to success, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on hundreds of school board members, administrators and other public school officials attending the State Education Convention to help change the mindset that values four-year university degrees over technical training.
Addressing the final session of the three-day Convention on Friday, Gov. Walker told attendees that as he travels around the state, he hears from local businesses about their need for skilled workers. And he noted that “so many of our good-paying careers we hear about require two-year technical degrees.” He later added, “We’ve got to lift up and recognize those career paths that require and apprenticeship or associate degree.” Continue reading Governor Addresses State Education Convention, Promotes Technical Education