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Continuous Advocacy: School District of Whitefish Bay

By John Forester | November 20, 2019

Remember after Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 State Budget on July 3rd how Republican and Democratic legislators battled for weeks to characterize the budget in the press and with the public as either “good” for public schools or “woefully inadequate”.

What we found is that neither these partisan characterizations nor the analyses of the budget’s impact on Wisconsin school districts produced by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) or the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) can never tell the full story for every school district.  Developing that “full story” for every district’s unique circumstances is the responsibility of local school leaders.

Back in July, the SAA issued the following suggestion to all school district administrators and business officials:  “Engage your district administrative team and collaboratively develop your district’s analysis of 1) what this budget means for educational opportunities for the students you serve, and 2) the unmet needs from this budget and the ongoing challenges that remain.  Then use this information to educate your legislators, your staff, your board and your community.”

Late last week I received a document from the School District of Whitefish Bay that details the impact of the 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget on the district and its students.  I urge you to check it out (see link below).  Hats off to Superintendent John Thomsen and his team at Whitefish Bay!

If your district has developed a similar document or template with which to educate your legislators and your community, please send it to the SAA.  We’ll post it so SAA members can share and learn together on how we can effectively advocate for the kids we serve.

Whitefish Bay School District Document

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