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
Today, the WASB debuted a new member benefit that makes it easier for our members to contact their lawmakers and advocate for their schools. If you are a WASB member, you should have received an email today from “WASB Action Alert” asking you to take action and contact your lawmakers to ask them to support the additional school funding proposed by Gov. Walker.
We hope that you will try the new system and contact Dan or Chris at WASB with any questions and feedback on how it worked for you. This new system is a benefit to WASB membership and is not available for use by the general public. Continue reading WASB Unveils New Software to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts
Determining who your state legislators are and contacting them is quick and easy. It is also very timely and important as there are already two bills being circulated that we strongly support: Sept 1 school start date repeal and modernizing the publishing of board meeting minutes. All the information you need is below in two easy steps:
Continue reading February Advocacy Tip: Contacting your Lawmakers in 2 Easy Steps
The 96th annual WASB/WASDA/WASBO joint state education convention kicks off next week in Milwaukee. We hope to see you there!
There are several great opportunities for school board members who are interested in legislative advocacy to learn more about key issues and how to be more effective. This includes opportunities to participate in informational sessions related to the Delegate Assembly process that determines the WASB Resolutions and, in turn, the positions we take on issues before Congress and the state legislature. Continue reading Numerous Opportunities to Learn More About Advocacy at the State Convention
With the new legislative session beginning there are new opportunities to advocate for your school districts and the children you serve. That’s because it’s a chance to renew/develop relationships with your state legislators. We’ve previously shared contact information for the members of the Joint Finance Committee, Senate and Assembly education committees and the school districts represented by each. If you and your school district are represented by a lawmaker on these committees you are especially well-positioned to make an impact.
An easy way to stay in touch with your state lawmakers is to subscribe to their e-update through their websites (Senate & Assembly). There are typically links or buttons on the front page of the websites. Below are a couple examples: Continue reading Advocacy Tip: New Legislative Session Brings New Advocacy Opportunities
As we reported, Gov. Scott Walker recently reiterated his pledge to put additional money into public schools in the next state budget. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have also echoed those comments.
While that is very good news that school boards should be pleased to hear, it raises important questions school leaders should be raising with their state lawmakers, including newly elected ones, and with the governor as he works to develop his budget proposal: How much additional money and will it translate into actual resources school boards can use?
As school leaders we are in the education business, so we need to educate our elected policymakers about how school funding works and how their budgetary decisions impact our schools. Together we are partners with the state in educating our children. Continue reading December Advocacy Tip: Why the Specifics Matter on School Funding Promises
Next Tuesday, Nov. 8, 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 (K-12 education, perhaps?).
- Determine who your candidates are. At My Vote Wisconsin you can enter your address to see what races will be on your ballot Nov. 8.
- Do some research on the positions of the candidates. Wisconsin Eye has over 100 interviews with candidates which asks for thoughts on K-12 Education among other issues. You can also search for candidate websites which typically contain some type of platform.
- Find you polling place. My Vote Wisconsin also has an address search for polling places.
- When in doubt, utilize My Vote Wisconsin as a one stop shop for the above information as well as how to register to vote and photo ID requirements.
Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: Research & VOTE