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State Finishes 2016-17 With $579 Million Surplus

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

From … The state finished 2016-17 with a surplus of $579 million, a better ending balance than what the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had previously projected. The last LFB estimate of a $467 million ending balance, though, did not include a final look at expenditures over the fiscal year. The Department of Administration wrote in […]

More on Sparsity Aid Proposal

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

From … Gov. Scott Walker, who vetoed from the budget a plan to boost low-spending school districts by allowing them to collect more in property taxes, yesterday urged lawmakers to back a standalone bill to pump more money into state aid that benefits rural schools for 2018-19. Under the proposal, rural districts with 745 […]

Walker Announces Support For New Increase In Sparsity Aid

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This morning Governor Walker announced his support to further increase Sparsity Aid in the second year of this biennium. See the press release here.

Borsuk Column on Low Revenue Ceiling

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Check out this column from Alan Borsuk on the low revenue ceiling.

GOP Bill Would Force Police to Share Student Records

Friday, October 6th, 2017

“Police would have to notify school administrators whenever they arrest a student for a violent crime and teachers could end their contracts without penalty if students attack them under a Republican bill that would relax juvenile criminal record confidentiality. “The bill would also allow teachers to remove a student from a classroom for two days.” […]

Competitive Bidding Bill Clears Senate Committee

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, chaired by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), recommended  Senate Bill 236  for passage yesterday on a 4-3 party-line vote with Republican members of the committee supporting the bill.  The SAA testified in opposition to the bill earlier this week. You might recall that, Senate Bill […]

Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

From The Wheeler Report: A preliminary draft of legislation obtained by The Wheeler Report, shows Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is drafting what he is calling the “Teacher Protection Act.” The bill aims to give teachers information about violent crimes committed by students. According to LRB-0917/P6, the bill would: Duty to Report: The bill requires law enforcement to report […]

DPI Releases 2017-19 State Budget Summary

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The DPI has released its full summary of the 2017-19 State Budget as it affects K-12 education, public libraries, etc…  

SAA Testifies Against Competitive Bidding Bill

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified in opposition to Senate Bill 236 today at a public hearing held before the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, chaired by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac). In addition, Waunakee Superintendent Randy Guttenberg and Julie Waner, Vice President of the Waunakee Board of Education, did […]

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court justices showed deep divisions Tuesday over a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have far-reaching national implications. Check out the coverage from the Milwaukee journal Sentinel here.

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