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Assembly Tucks Far Reaching Choice Plan in Budget

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sometime between bar time and breakfast early this morning, the Republican-controlled Assembly tucked into the state budget a provision that could expand the state’s private school voucher program to school districts located in 16 second class cities in Wisconsin.  Under the proposal, Racine would become eligible for the school choice program right away.  It is […]

DPI Analyzes Revenue Limit Reductions

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

In response to a request for more detailed information, the DPI has posted a district by district analysis of the $1.6 billion reduction in revenue limits as compared to current law. The links below should take you directly to the information. By Senate, Assembly, and School District Year by Year Analysis DPI Budget Website

WiscNet Tweaked, Green Bay Choice Out

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

From WisPolitics: Joint Finance Co-chair Robin Vos said Republicans have made more changes for WiscNet that will leave the service in place for those who now receive it and dropped the expansion of school choice to Green Bay as part of final negotiations in the state budget. Vos and Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald announced yesterday the […]

Secretary of State Will Follow Normal Procedure

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

From WisPolitics: Secretary of State Doug La Follette says his office will likely “follow our normal procedure” in publishing the collective bargaining changes following yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. He said that process would likely start today, but that full publication, as with other bills, probably wouldn’t happen until the end of the 10-day statutory limit […]

Justices Say Sumi Usurped Power of Legislature

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

From WisPolitics: The Supreme Court found in its ruling that Judge Maryann Sumi exceeded her authority in enjoining publication of the collective bargaining changes, finding that judges do not have the power to do so. The justices said they granted the request to take original jurisdiction in the case because Sumi “has usurped the legislative […]

GOP to Tweak WiscNet Provision

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

From WisPolitics: Assembly Republicans will introduce an amendment that will delay by two years budget provisions to end the WiscNet system, GOP leaders said today. Rep. Robin Vos, the Assembly co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said in addition the amendment will allow the UW System to continue receiving more than $30 million in federal funding […]

SAA Video Update — WiscNet, Green Bay and More

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Please use the link below to access the SAA Video Update and Legislative Alert on WiscNet, the Green Bay school choice vote and other legislative developments. I have provided links below for the various bills discussed in the video. Thanks for listening.  And, as always, thanks for all you do on behalf of Wisconsin school […]

More Information On WiscNet Fiasco

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

In an effort to provide further information on the Joint Finance Committee’s late night WiscNet fiasco, I am providing you with a link to the DPI’s memo memo on the subject that was just released. I am aware that legislators are trying to allay your concerns by saying that school internet services will not be […]

JFC Votes to Abolish WiscNet

Monday, June 6th, 2011

In another late night fiasco, the Joint Finance Committee approved a broad omnibus motion on the UW System that includes provisions regarding telecommunications services currently provided by the UW System to other public entities.  It appears the provisions are designed to accomplish two things:  Attempt to force the UW (Extension and Madison) to return the […]

JFC Extends Vouchers to Green Bay

Monday, June 6th, 2011

In a disappointing turn of events, late on Friday night, the Joint Finance Committee approved  a motion authored by Senator Luther Olsen and Representative John Nygren authorizing the creation of a Green Bay Parental Choice Program.  The motion, adopted by an 11-5 vote, does the following:  Specifies that the program would be created if a […]

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