A recently introduced Assembly Bill—Assembly Bill 267—aims to call attention to the growing impact of Wisconsin voucher programs on school property taxes.
The “Wisconsin Voucher Taxpayer Transparency Bill,” authored by state Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) would require property tax bills to include information from the school district where the property is located regarding the amount of any net reduction in state aid, if any, to the district as a result of pupils enrolled in the statewide voucher program, the Racine voucher program, or the Milwaukee voucher program. (See news release.)
Continue reading Bill Seeks Transparency on Property Tax Impact of Voucher Funding
School board members, administrators and other public school advocates had a strong showing at the first three public hearings of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) last week in Platteville, West Allis, and Berlin.
We would like to recognize those school board members who took the time to testify (some traveling significant distances and taking off of work) and have their voices heard. The press also quoted several school board members in their stories on the hearings: Continue reading Thanks to Those Who Testified at Budget Hearings So Far
The Co-Chairs of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have announced they will work off of Governor Walker’s budget proposal in all areas with the exception of the Department of Transportation.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) & state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) also announced the removal of non-fiscal policy items from the budget, including the governor’s proposal to eliminate the required minimum hours of instruction for public schools. Continue reading Budget Committee Co-Chairs: We’ll Work From Governor’s K-12 Budget
Forty out of 65 referendum questions on Tuesday’s spring general election ballot statewide were approved by voters for an overall passage rate of 62%. This is down from the 82% overall approval rate of last November and the 77% seen in April, 2016.
This time, 29 questions were for debt issuance with 16 (55%) passing. Of the 36 questions in which voters were asked to allow the district to exceed the revenue limit, 24 asked to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis with 18 (75%) passing. Six of the 12 questions (50%) asking to exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis were approved. Continue reading Support for School Referenda Down Statewide But Still Above Historical Average
Today’s Marquette University Law School Poll, run by Prof. Charles Franklin (pictured), included two K-12 related questions:
This is a huge result in favor of more resources for schools and one that hopefully reaches state legislators as they begin their work on the budget. It is certainly something you should add to your testimony if you plan to speak at a public hearing of the Joint Finance Committee in April. Continue reading Marquette Poll: 80% Support Increasing State Aid to Schools
As you are probably aware, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has scheduled six public hearings around the state on the governor’s 2017-19 state budget proposal.
With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard. This time, we have the advantage of the governor proposing a significant increase to schools in his budget and we need to make sure the legislature knows how important that investment is to our schools and the students they serve. WASB Government Relations staff (either Dan Rossmiller or Chris Kulow) will be in attendance to assist school board members in registering to testify at all of the hearings.
**IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND PLEASE NOTIFY DAN OR CHRIS AT WASB.**
Hearing Details Continue reading ALERT: Budget Hearing Start Times Announced