2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference Recap

legadvocacy2016The 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference gave WASB members the opportunity to hear from experts on major public education issues headed into the next state budget and provided attendees with crucial information on the legislative process going into next session.

Presentation materials are available at the Event Recap page on WASB.org (note: this page is password protected. all WASB members have credentials for our website. if you don’t know your login info contact WASB at 608 257-2622 or your district’s administrative assistant.)

Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll discussed the historic November 8 election and gave his take on why the polling did not correctly predict the winner of the presidential race.  He also discussed polling attitudes on public education in Wisconsin.

Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) gave his take on the financial standing of the state heading into the next state budget, how past budgeting decisions by Wisconsin governors and state legislatures

David DeGuire, Assistant Director of Teacher Education, Professional Development, and Licensing at the Department of Public Instruction spoke about what they are doing to address teacher shortages in Wisconsin and also heard much feedback from attendees on what they are experiencing in their districts.

Dan Rossmiller and Chris Kulow of WASB gave a refresher on the legislative process in Wisconsin and the state budget process highlighting the best opportunities for school board members to have an impact.