Issue papers covering three key issues have been prepared for school board members and other school leaders headed to Madison for the WASB Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday. These issue papers are designed to help participants prepare for their meetings with lawmakers and get attendees thinking about ways the various proposals affect your districts and your students.
If you are coming to Madison next Wednesday (or even if you are not), we think these issue papers will provide you with things to think about and new ways to talk about these issues.
View Issue Paper #1–Per Pupil Aid
View Issue Paper #2–Rural Schools
View Issue Paper #3–School Start Date
Continue reading Come Prepared to Tell Your Story–Homework for Day at the Capitol Attendees
Candidates Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz will meet in a WASB–sponsored State Superintendent Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 15, as part of the WASB Day at the Capitol event.
The forum will take place from about 11:45 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. in the Community Terrace, Level 2 of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, overlooking beautiful Lake Monona.
Both candidates have committed to participate in the lunch-hour forum, in which questions provide in advance will be asked by a moderator. Among the media who will be covering the event are WisconsinEye, Wispolitics.com, the Associated Press and several Madison-area media outlets.
It is not too late to decide to attend the Day at the Capitol event. On-site registration is available. Continue reading WASB State Superintendent Candidate Forum Set for Wednesday
Join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 15 to take our message to the Capitol! With the legislature beginning their review of Governor Walker’s budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators about public school budget priorities.
With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard. This time we have the advantage of the governor proposing a significant increase to schools in his budget and we need to make sure the legislature knows how important that investment is to our schools and the students they serve.
The 2017 Day at the Capitol makes it easy. The WASB will schedule meetings with legislators for you and provide talking points in advance to help you prepare. Register Today! Here is the day’s agenda: Continue reading March Advocacy Tip: Attend WASB Day at the Capitol
Why should you and your fellow board members come to the WASB’s Day at the Capitol to speak directly with your legislators and their staff?
There are many reasons, but consider this: Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget proposal to boost state aid to schools by $649 million is a long way from the finish line and some key members of his own party have cast doubts on whether it will pass. Lawmakers need to hear from school leaders. Continue reading Is Governor’s School Funding Plan in Jeopardy? School Leaders Need to Make Their Case
The centerpiece of Governor Walker’s education budget is a significant increase in per pupil categorical aid for school districts.
The governor proposes to increase each school district’s allotment of this aid from the current $250 per pupil by adding $200 in 2017-18 and an additional $204 in 2018-19. Schools would thus receive $450 per pupil in per pupil categorical aid next year and $654 per pupil the following year.
This boost in per pupil aid is estimated to add $509 million in “spendable resources” to school district budgets over the two-year period as it is outside the revenue limits. All of this money will be provided by the state and will not have to be raised locally. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Plan More Than Doubles Per Pupil Aid for Schools