The WASB GR staff recently compiled a letter to legislators outlining K-12 education provisions, some of which have been relatively under the radar, of the governor’s budget that we support. We focused on the provisions that were not on the list of items that the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced they were not going to consider.
As always, our positions on each of these items is based on WASB resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly.
Continue reading WASB sends letter outlining budget positions to legislators
The WASB State Budget Chart is now posted online. The chart provides item-by-item details on the major provisions of the proposed 2019-21 state budget bill affecting preK-12 public education.
At this point, the chart describes the key budget proposals recommended by the governor and how they align with or differ from what was requested by the Department of Public Instruction.
The chart also indicates the WASB’s position on each budget provision. Those positions are based on the applicable WASB Resolutions Adopted by WASB Delegate Assemblies. Continue reading WASB Budget Chart Now Online
The 2019-20 legislative session is in full swing and numerous bills affecting K-12 education have already been introduced.
When legislation related to K-12 education is introduced, the WASB GR staff will analyze the bill and cross reference it with the resolutions that have been adopted by previous WASB Delegate Assemblies to determine what position we should take on the bill. Sometimes we will not take a position on a bill but will monitor it. Continue reading WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills
Governor Tony Evers will formally introduce his 2019-21 budget proposal on Thursday, February 28, but over the weekend shared some previews of what will be included in that document. In the K-12 area, his budget will propose to freeze enrollment in the state’s private school voucher programs (including special needs vouchers) and suspend the expansion of independent charter schools.
Earlier, Gov. Evers had announced his proposed budget would aim to provide “more accountability and transparency” within the state’s private school voucher programs. As one aspect of this. Gov. Evers will propose including information on property tax bills about the state aid withheld from public school districts in which private voucher pupils reside and the impact this has on property taxes. Continue reading Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion
The Final Report to the Membership on Resolutions Adopted by the 2019 WASB Delegate Assembly is now posted on the WASB website (www.wasb.org) on the Delegate Assembly page. To find it, look under the Advocacy and Government Relations tab, then click on the Delegate Assembly link.
Thanks to all delegates and boards for your work on these resolutions.
Thanks also to the many boards that submitted resolutions and to the dedicated board members from around the state who served on the WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee that reviewed those submitted resolutions.
These newly adopted resolutions will now be placed in the 2019 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book, which will be published later this Spring, and will remain in force until amended or repealed. To find the 2018 edition of the WASB Resolutions Book click here.
The proposed 2019 WASB resolutions to be considered by the Delegate Assembly has been posted to the WASB website. Delegate packets are being printed and will be mailed shortly. Additional materials will be posted in the near future.
The 2019 Delegate Assembly will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at the State Education Convention in Milwaukee. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Ballroom AB on the first level of the Wisconsin Center. Continue reading 2019 proposed resolutions posted to WASB website
Under the WASB Bylaws, the Policy and Resolutions Committee is comprised of school board members representing all areas of the state, all types of districts, and each WASB region. Committee members are appointed by the WASB President upon the nomination of Regional Directors. Each year about one-half of the members are new to the committee.
WASB First Vice-President Brett Hyde (pictured) of Muskego-Norway will serve as Chair.
If you are interested in serving on the Policy and Resolutions Committee in the future, please contact your WASB Regional Director.
Members of the committee for 2018: Continue reading 2018 Policy & Resolution Committee members