As we posted earlier, the dates and locations of four public hearings of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the state budget have been announced. Members of interest groups and the general public may testify, while testimony from lobbyists is frowned upon. These hearings are a great chance for your board to provide testimony highlighting the most important issues for your district. Continue reading April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing
The WASB has often encouraged school boards to adopt resolutions on various topics as part of a board’s legislative advocacy. From time to time, the WASB provides sample board resolutions on specific topics. We also post resolutions adopted by local school boards on our “Boards Taking Action” webpage.
Here’s some advice on how to ensure that your board resolutions will be part of an effective strategy in influencing your lawmakers:
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
NOW is the time to get started on your advocacy efforts with your state legislators before the 2019-20 legislative session begins on January 7. Make a friend before you need a friend! For more tips and advice from WASB on advocacy, see the newly updated Legislative Advocacy Toolkit. Here are some things to consider for laying the groundwork for your advocacy plan: Continue reading December advocacy tip: Lay the foundation for successful legislative advocacy
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues.
What’s on the ballot on Tuesday?
- Governor (which the Oct 31 Marquette poll showed to be a dead heat)
- 1 of 2 U.S. Senate seats
- Entire U.S. House delegation
- Half of state Senate (odd-numbered seats)
- Entire state Assembly
- Partisan constitutional offices (AG, State Treasurer, Sec. of State)
- School referenda and other local races/questions
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
With what was likely the last floor action for the 2017-18 legislative session completed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to thank state legislators who have done positive things for K-12 public education. Showing gratitude and giving credit when lawmakers do things that we support is a crucial component in building relationships with them. We don’t want them to feel we were unappreciative the next time we ask for their support.
Overall, it was a very good session for public education and there were many lawmakers from both parties who showed a strong interest in working with their local school boards and administrators as well as with the WASB. We are highlighting only a few examples in this post, which is neither exhaustive nor complete, so if you don’t see your legislators and they have been helpful to you in some way please reach out to thank them. Continue reading May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks