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WASB Legislative Update Blog has Moved

The new blog is located at: 

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All of the past content has been copied over to the new site. If you followed the old blog to get email notices for posts you should still receive those from the new blog. The reason for the move has to do with a total overhaul of the website and accompanying blog sites. We plan to provide you this summer with a more updated look and user friendly experience.

Thank you for following this blog and we plan to continue to keep you up to date on K-12 happenings in the state and federal government moving forward.

Update on School Referendum Restriction Bills

stroebelSince our last post on the topic, most of the bills have been introduced and referred to standing committees.  For a brief description of each bill see that previous post or click on the bill links below to see the actual bill language. Each proposal but one has a Senate and Assembly bill listed. These are identical companion bills, a common tactic to allow for proposals to begin the legislative process in each house simultaneously.

Senate Bill 191/Assembly Bill 282 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured) & Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) – Limitations on when operating referenda and debt issuance referenda may be called. Continue reading Update on School Referendum Restriction Bills

Fab Lab Grants Awarded to 21 WI School Districts

From Gov. Walker’s Press Release:
FabLabDay2017Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced 21 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of nearly $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities.

The following school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants today: Continue reading Fab Lab Grants Awarded to 21 WI School Districts

WASB Unveils New Software to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts

VoterVoiceToday, the WASB debuted a new member benefit that makes it easier for our members to contact their lawmakers and advocate for their schools.  If you are a WASB member, you should have received an email today from “WASB Action Alert” asking you to take action and contact your lawmakers to ask them to support the additional school funding proposed by Gov. Walker.

We hope that you will try the new system and contact Dan or Chris at WASB with any questions and feedback on how it worked for you.  This new system is a benefit to WASB membership and is not available for use by the general public. Continue reading WASB Unveils New Software to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts

Governor’s Budget Eliminates Farm to School Position/Council

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Annysa Johnson:

farm“Gov. Scott Walker has proposed cutting the office’s now-vacant coordinator position and 15-member advisory council as part of his 2017-’19 budget, a move that would save $132,800 over the biennium.

“Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said the agency would continue to seek and disburse federal grants targeting farm-to-school efforts, and that another program manager will help out in the office. AmeriCorps workers also will continue to work on farm-to-school initiatives in some low-income schools, he said. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Eliminates Farm to School Position/Council

Budget Committee Hearings Move North Next Week

IMG_0821School board members, administrators and other public school advocates had a strong showing during the first three public hearings held by the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) last week.

Next week the JFC will hold their remaining three public hearings on the state budget in the following locations:

WASB staff will be on site at these hearings as well. A couple of reminders: Continue reading Budget Committee Hearings Move North Next Week