Another reminder to member boards that the September 15 deadline for submitting a resolution to the WASB for consideration to become an official policy or position for the Association is quickly approaching. Before a resolution can be submitted, it must be officially voted on and approved by your board.
To submit your resolutions to the WASB you can follow these steps: Continue reading September 15 deadline to submit resolutions approaching
State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) are circulating a bill draft for other legislators to sign on and support (see cosponsorship memo) relating to contracts with parents to transport students to private and (sometimes) public schools. The bill would require the contract must compensate the parent or guardian a total amount for all pupils residing in the household who attend the same school, rather than a per pupil amount.
This change will potentially save districts money when multiple children in the same household are being transported to the same school in the same vehicle.
WASB supports this bill based on our member-approved resolutions and encourages you to contact your state legislators to cosponsor the “Marklein/Novak LRB 2448” before the Sept 10 deadline. Continue reading Contact your lawmakers to support parent transportation contract bill draft
More and more stories are appearing in the media about policy resolutions local school boards are debating and adopting that could play a big role in shaping the WASB’s policy direction, including its legislative advocacy. Your board has until Sept. 15 to adopt and submit a resolution to either set or change the direction of the WASB’s policies and legislative advocacy.
Here’s a refresher on how the WASB resolution process works and why it is important: Continue reading Why WASB resolutions matter and why your board should be involved
Individual member school boards provide the policy guidance and direction that informs the WASB’s legislative agenda and legislative advocacy efforts on your behalf. Boards initiate this process by adopting resolutions and submitting them to the WASB.
The best way you can get the WASB working on your issue is to offer a board resolution stating what you think our position on the issue should be and why. It can be on literally any relevant topic and can create a new resolution or amend/eliminate existing ones.
The deadline for submitting board resolutions to WASB is Sept. 15. WASB provides a fillable PDF form and instructions for submitting your board’s resolution. Continue reading Resolutions are your board’s chance to put its imprint on the WASB
Resolutions adopted by the annual WASB Delegate Assemblies set the policy direction for the WASB and its lobbying efforts. Once adopted, these resolutions remain in force unless amended or repealed.
The Resolutions Adopted by Delegate Assemblies book, containing the collected policy positions adopted by Delegate Assemblies throughout the years, has been updated to reflect resolutions adopted in January 2019. It is now available online. Continue reading 2019 WASB resolutions book available online
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