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Vote Tomorrow!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Make sure you get out and vote tomorrow in Wisconsin’s Fall General Election.  The stakes are enormous in this election for public education.  Those elected will determine the direction of Wisconsin K-12 education policy for the next 2-4 years. The following contests will be on the ballot:  Governor, one of two U.S. Senate seats, U.S. […]

Walker, Evers Tied in Race for Governor

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

From WisPolitics.com … The latest Marquette University Law School Poll found a tied race for guv, while Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin maintained a big lead over GOP challenger Leah Vukmir. Gov. Scott Walker and Dem challenger Tony Evers were each backed by 47 percent of respondents. Libertarian Phil Anderson was at 3 percent. Poll […]

Enrollments Announced for Voucher Programs

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

According to the Department of Public Instruction, student enrollment in Wisconsin’s three private school parental choice programs showed a one-year increase of about 8.7 percent. The largest increase came from the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program with student headcounts rising from 4,534 in 2017-18 to 7,140 in 2018-19.  The Department of Public Instruction uses enrollment numbers to […]

School Law Update: New Notice Required For Background Checks

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

From the Legal Side… In its most recent newsletter, Boardman Clark provides an update on a new notice required for background checks through third parties.  CFPB website. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission […]

Stroebel Opines: “School Referendums Running Amuck”

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Check out The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) op-ed piece from State Senator Duey Stroebel in which he again places school referenda directly in his sights.  Will he be looking to add these issues to the special session agenda following the November 6 election?  WisPolitics also published an extensive article on this topic last Friday.  Stay tuned.

Fitzgerald Casts Doubt on School Funding, Pre-Existing Conditions Proposals

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

From WisPolitics.com … Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald yesterday cast doubt on two Republican proposals that would increase funding for public education and ensure protections for pre-existing conditions. The comments came after the Juneau Republican revealed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has floated an extraordinary session in early December to consider additional legislation beyond the incentive […]

School Districts Receive Certified General Aid Figures

Monday, October 15th, 2018

As required by state statute on or by Oct. 15 of each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided the certified amount each public school district will receive from the $4.656 billion appropriated for general state aid for the 2018-19 school year.  According to DPI, roughly 55 percent of the state’s public […]

Walker Plans to Restore Two-Thirds Funding

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Governor Walker announced this morning on talk radio his intention to restore two-thirds funding.  Of course the real question is how much of the increase will the Governor’s proposal allow schools to actually spend on the children they serve.  Going to two-thirds funding without increasing revenue caps or per pupil aid is really “school funding […]

Marquette Poll: Evers, Walker in a Toss-up for Governor

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The new Marquette Law School Poll is out and it shows that that the Governor’s race is essentially a toss-up, with Walker leading 47-46 (well within the margin for error).  Check out the coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

School Referendums Set For November 6th

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

From The Wheeler Report: Wisconsin schools will be holding 82 school referendums on the November 6 ballot. See the report here.

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