Category Archives: WASB

WASB Legislative Update Blog has Moved

The new blog is located at: http://wasblegupdate.wasb.org/ 

wasb_logo-hires_printPlease update your bookmarks. This site (https://wasblegupdate.wordpress.com) will not receive new updates and will be deleted in a few weeks.

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 WASB.org 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.

JFC Hearings Wrap Up, Votes to Begin in Early May

JFC Hearing in Spooner 2017_04_18_102402At the close of today’s (April 20) hearing in Marinette, the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will have concluded its schedule of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget.

Capitol sources indicate the committee is likely to begin taking votes to approve, modify or delete specific budget items during the first week in May.  (Watch the WASB Legislative Update Blog for information about the JFC’s schedule and actions.)

Public education was well-represented at the six JFC hearings, with many school district administrators, school board members, teachers, parents, retired teachers, and public school advocates among those addressing the committee.

Continue reading JFC Hearings Wrap Up, Votes to Begin in Early May

Lawmakers Debate Degree of Stakeholder Input Needed on State’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Yesterday (April 20), the Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill (Assembly Bill 233) that would prohibit the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from submitting the state plan required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education without first responding to any objections submitted to DPI by the Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education.

The bill illustrates one of the tensions in implementing the new federal law. Continue reading Lawmakers Debate Degree of Stakeholder Input Needed on State’s ESSA Accountability Plan

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

Gov. Walker Open to Changing Proposed Act 10 Compliance Language in Budget

IMG_4523 (Capt & Gov)In a hopeful sign, Gov. Scott Walker says he’s open to modifying his proposed requirement that districts be “Act 10 compliant” in order to receive additional per-pupil aid.   That measure would require each school district to certify that its employees “will be required to pay at least 12 percent of all costs and payments associated with employee health care coverage plans in that year” to receive the increases.

The governor (pictured above with WASB president Terry McCloskey, Three Lakes) made those comments flanked by representatives of the WASB and the Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance as well as other school leaders and students at a press conference Monday at Waukesha South High School (see previous post). Continue reading Gov. Walker Open to Changing Proposed Act 10 Compliance Language in Budget

Gov. Walker Urges JFC Members to Build From His K-12 Education Aid Proposal

IMG_4618  (Gov Walker Speaking).JPGGov. Scott Walker is urging his Republican colleagues in the state Legislature  to use his funding plan for K-12 schools, and not consider a zero-increase proposal being floated by some critics.

The governor (pictured at left alongside state Rep. Scott Allen (R- Waukesha) warned that working off a base budget for schools could mean schools would see substantially less than he’s proposed.  (See previous post/WASB alert.) Continue reading Gov. Walker Urges JFC Members to Build From His K-12 Education Aid Proposal