The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review

The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.

The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB.  Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review

Policy & Resolutions Committee Membership Set for 2016

img_5448Positions taken by the WASB are subject to a continuous cycle of review. The process begins in September with the first meeting of the WASB Policy and Resolutions Committee. The committee consists of approximately 25 members who are appointed by the WASB president and represent all areas of the state and all types of districts. Each year about one-half of the members are new to the committee.

Interested in serving on the committee in the future?  Talk to your WASB Regional Director. Continue reading Policy & Resolutions Committee Membership Set for 2016

Budget Requests Show Competing Interests for State Budget Dollars

Capitol Photo 1State agencies submitted their 2017-19 budget requests to Gov. Scott Walker this week. The governor’s office will now use those requests to shape the budget proposal that Gov. Walker will unveil in February.  These agency “asks” also show public school leaders where the major competing interests are for scarce general purpose revenues (GPR)–the funds used to pay out school aids, among other things.

Overall, agencies are seeking roughly $700 million more in GPR over the base given to build their budget requests, according to WisPolitics.com. This figure does not include the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requests related to school aids.  Those requests, likely to total in the hundreds of millions, will be made in early November after general aid allocations to school districts are certified.  Continue reading Budget Requests Show Competing Interests for State Budget Dollars

School Data Committee to Weigh Policy Options

img_0238The Study Committee on School Data began discussing options for committee consideration to be included in possible legislation or recommendations to the Legislature. The options were developed by Legislative Council Staff based on suggestions raised by speakers and committee members at the July and August committee meetings.  These options are intended to assist the committee by serving as a starting point for discussion. Committee members may have additional issues that they wish to present for consideration that are not included.

The options along with background information can be found in Staff Memo No. 1 and are summarized below: Continue reading School Data Committee to Weigh Policy Options

State Supt. Evers Gives State of Education Address, Hints at Budget Priorities

eversState Superintendent Tony Evers foreshadowed priorities of the 2017-19 state budget request he will submit to the governor later this fall in the annual State of Education address today. Three items that he stressed were:

  • providing resources to students that reflect the need to increase equity and close achievement gaps,
  • building the educator workforce so every student has a teacher who is well trained and well compensated, and
  • paying for schools in a way that avoids mounting inequalities.

Continue reading State Supt. Evers Gives State of Education Address, Hints at Budget Priorities

Recap: School Data Study Committee Meeting

img_0236The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its third meeting on Wednesday, September 14.  The committee heard presentations from information University of Wisconsin – Madison researchers, two data policy experts, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Meeting