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
We are in the midst of the 2017-18 legislative session and legislative committees are holding hearings every week on proposed bills. Follow along with us here at the Legislative Update to find out what K-12 bills have hearings in a given week.
Is there a bill subject that you feel passionate about or have a strong experience or insight into? We’d love to have you come to the Capitol in Madison to testify. WASB staff would be happy to assist you by answering any questions or even helping to navigate the process of registering to speak at the hearing. Continue reading June Advocacy Tip: Testify at a Public Hearing