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
This year’s WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference is this Saturday, November 4 in Stevens Point. Online registration is closed but onsite registration will be available so you can still attend even if you haven’t registered yet.
We will have several sessions focused on advocacy tips and techniques including a panel of school board members who will talk about how they advocate for their schools with lawmakers. Agreeing to appear on our panel are: Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: Legislative Advocacy Conference Nov. 4
This year’s WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference will take a closer look at the current and future direction of school funding, including the growing impact the expansion of vouchers is having on district budgets and tax levies.
We’ll talk with two key state legislators to find out their thoughts and plans on school funding and education policy, including steps Wisconsin can take to improve student achievement to better compete with schools in the highest performing nations.
You’ll also hear directly from fellow school board members about how they have become effective advocates for their schools and the children in their districts and the impact their efforts are having on shaping legislative decision making.
Continue reading School Leaders Invited to Attend WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference on Nov. 4 in Stevens Point
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
The WASB Resolutions Adopted by Delegate Assemblies book, containing the collected policy positions adopted by WASB Delegate Assemblies throughout the years, has been updated for 2017 and is available online.
Resolutions adopted by the annual Delegate Assemblies set the policy direction for the association and its lobbying efforts. They remain in force unless amended or repealed. The resolution process is member-driven and an opportunity to put your board’s imprint on the WASB. Continue reading July Advocacy Tip: 2017 WASB Resolutions Book Posted