Ahead of Gov. Evers’ anticipated introduction of his proposed 2019-21 state budget on Thursday (Feb. 28), we thought this would be a good time to let you know about just a few of the non-budget advocacy activities the WASB Government Relations Team has been engaged with.
Method for Giving Notice of Special Board Meetings – We’ve been working with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on draft legislation to modernize the statutory procedures for providing notice of special school board meetings. The language would mirror a similar change made last session which updated the statutes relating to giving notice of special city council meetings. We expect this draft bill will be circulated for co-signers in the coming weeks. Continue reading As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation
The only school district referendum on the Feb. 19 Spring Primary ballot passed easily.
Voters in the Northland Pines School District (Vilas County) approved a non-recurring referendum to increase the district’s state- imposed revenue limit by $4.6 million in each of the next three years. The margin was 1,230 in favor and 630 opposed. Continue reading School referendum passage rate hits 100 percent (1 of 1)
Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019. This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day. As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction. This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.
Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC). The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget. Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13. Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.
Do you know a student deserving special recognition?
The Star Student Program is an exciting new opportunity to recognize Wisconsin kids who take great strides in their everyday classroom activities.
Gov. Evers recognized the two first-ever recipients of the Star Student Award in Wisconsin during his State of the State Address.
Continue reading Star Student Program aims to recognize students making great progress in the classroom
In a recent blog post we provided a link to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Because some school board members have also requested information on the school funding reform plan proposed by Governor Tony Evers, we are providing links to the governor’s plan and information about it (see below).
Gov. Evers plans to make this funding reform proposal, which he refers to as the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan, part of the 2019-21 state budget bill he will be introducing later this month. Continue reading Information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal
For those of you we attended the 98th State Education Convention, we thank you. Here are a couple notable happenings you may have missed while you were in Milwaukee.
New Marquette University Law School Poll results were released.
Results of polling conducted January 16-20, 2019 included the following key findings related to K-12 public education : Continue reading Things you may have missed while you were at the State Convention
Governor Tony Evers’ first annual State of the State address has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 (Time TBA). The speech is held before a joint session of the legislature in the Assembly chambers and is traditionally in the evening.
The State of the State typically provides some clues as to what will be included in the Governor’s state budget proposal as well as other priorities for the new legislative session. We will keep you updated here about any K-12 education items that are mentioned in the speech. You can also watch the address live on Wisconsin Eye. Continue reading State of the State address scheduled for Tuesday, January 22