The WASB has received 32 resolutions from 17 member school boards this year. The boards who submitted resolutions are: Baraboo, Beloit, Central-Westosha, Eau Claire Area, Florence County, Goodman-Armstrong Creek, Hartland Lakeside, Holy Hill Area, Janesville, Neenah, Niagara, Shorewood, Siren, South Milwaukee, Union Grove, Waukesha and Wauwatosa.
If you submitted a resolution and do not see your board listed, please contact us at (608) 257-2622; (877) 705-4422 (toll free); or email. Thank you to these boards for participating and taking an active role in shaping the direction of the WASB. Continue reading Thank you to the school boards who submitted resolutions to the WASB
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. This begins with individual boards adopting resolutions and forwarding them to the WASB.
Each January, during the State Education Convention, a representative (delegate) of each WASB member school board in the state votes on the submitted resolutions in a gathering called the WASB Delegate Assembly. The resolutions adopted by these school board member delegates are the official positions of the WASB and remain in force until amended or repealed. You can find all of these resolutions collected in the 2018 WASB Resolutions Book. Continue reading Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB
The 2018 WASB Legislative Agenda has been approved by the Board of Directors and is now posted on our website. The agenda outlines the top priorities for the Government Relations (GR) team to focus on in our advocacy efforts during the coming year.
The Legislative Agenda is approved annually in November by the WASB Board of Directors and is guided by the Resolutions adopted by the Delegate Assembly. Continue reading WASB Board of Directors Adopts 2018 Legislative Agenda
The WASB thanks the Joint Finance Committee for voting to approve significant investments in public schools, including fully funding Governor Walker’s proposal to increase per-pupil aid. We strongly support removing the “strings” of the healthcare cost shift mandate to allow school districts to receive the proposed increases in per-pupil aid and are pleased JFC members made this change. We also want to thank the committee members for allowing historically low-spending districts to catch up with their peers by including a long overdue adjustment to the low-revenue ceiling.
The WASB also appreciates that JFC members support providing schools with the resources to address the mental health needs of their students. These items were important priorities on our legislative agenda.
There are items in this package that our members have concerns with and we hope to work with lawmakers as the budget moves through the Assembly and Senate to improve the overall K-12 package.
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
When the WASB Legislative Agenda was approved by our Board of Directors last November, it included the following provisions (see below) that our Government Relations Team subsequently advocated for with the Governor’s Office. Those conversations, and other advocacy efforts, appear to have paid big dividends for public schools. The Governor announced Sunday that he will be proposing significant funding increases for public education that match the WASB’s requests in his state budget proposal that he will unveil Wednesday afternoon (Feb.8). Continue reading Governor Announces Top WASB Priorities will be Included in Budget Proposal
If you attended our Friday morning Legislative Update session in Milwaukee during convention and were unable to get a copy of the presentation we are linking to it here: 2017-convention-legis-update
After the presentation is an appendix that provides contact information for the governor, state superintendent, Federal and state lawmakers as well as key committees and new legislators on the state level.