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.
From WisPolitics.com …
Delivering his sixth annual State of the State address and first since coming off the presidential campaign trail, Walker did not announce any large, new initiatives. Rather, he pledged to support public education, pushed for a three-year UW degree, called on lawmakers to pass his college affordability package and announced details of listening sessions he said would help create a vision of where Wisconsin should be in 20 years.
As he talked about education, Walker announced his administration will put an $3 million more into dual enrollment programs in schools through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. Walker said the grants will help districts partner with tech colleges so students can get a head start on their careers. Continue reading State of the State Address: Gov. Walker Pledges Tuesday Night to Reform State Government and Invest “Every Penny of Savings” to Support Public Education
According to Wispolitics:
Walker sent legislative leaders a letter yesterday requesting a joint session Jan. 19 for the address. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said the request has been granted.
The address is scheduled for 7 pm.