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Priority Legislative Alert – Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling

By John Forester | January 23, 2018

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on Assembly Bill 835, relating to sparsity aid and the low revenue ceiling for school districts.

Assembly Bill 835 has been scheduled for public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Education this Thursday, January 25th at 10:00 am in Room 417 North, State Capitol. The SAA supports the bill.  However, we do have concerns about the provision of the bill that prevents a school district from utilizing the low revenue adjustment if, during the three prior school years, an operating referendum failed in the district.

See Public Hearing Notice here.

We urge SAA members to take action nowPlease contact your legislators and ask them to support AB 835.  The SAA will also advocate for removing the “failed referendum” provision.  At the very least we believe the effective date of the provision should be modified to focus on future operating referenda.

AB 835 does the following:

In your communication please consider using the talking points listed below as well as any of your own thoughts about the bill based on your experiences and expertise.  Make sure you share with your legislators what the additional sparsity aid and /or revenue cap authority under the bill would mean for your district and especially for the students you serve.

Sparsity Aid Talking Points:

Low Revenue Adjustment Talking Points:

“Failed Referendum” Talking Points:

For your convenience in contacting your legislators, we have provided links to the Assembly Directory, the Senate Directory and Who Are My Legislators.

If you should have any questions please email me.  Thanks for listening and, as always, thank you for everything you do on behalf of Wisconsin school children.

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