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?
Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: VOTE on Tuesday!
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
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding has begun what will be a series of hearings around the state to take testimony from the public on the state’s funding formula. The first hearing is set to take place Friday, February 2 in Milwaukee. The rest of the hearing dates and locations have not yet been announced.
It is important that public school board members and administrators testify at these hearings. The commission needs to hear the challenges the current funding system creates for your school district and, most importantly, the impact it has on opportunities for your students. Continue reading February Advocacy Tip: Prepare to testify at school funding hearings
If your board is considering making New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, here’s one: Discuss at least one legislative proposal or issue at every board meeting.
If you’ve attended WASB events like our regional meetings, legislative advocacy conference or state convention you’ve likely heard this advice before. Continue reading Happy New Year! Let’s Make Advocacy a Habit in 2018