More Start Date Resolutions

By John Forester | February 23, 2017

Check out the school board resolutions below in support of school start date repeal.

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Port Edwards Resolution

Prentice Resolution

Prentice Village Letter

Verona Resolution

Colby Resolution

Rhinelander Resolution

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Advocate For School Start Date Repeal

By John Forester | February 22, 2017

Check out the school board resolutions below in support of school start date repeal.

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

River Falls Resolution

River Falls Chamber Letters

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Evers, Holtz Advance to General Election

By John Forester | February 22, 2017

Incumbent State Superintendent Tony Evers breezed to victory in yesterday’s primary election garnering 70% of the vote.  Lowell Holtz advanced to the April 4 general election with 23% of the vote while John Humphries received the remaining 7% of the primary vote.  Check out some of the major news media coverage below.

From WisPolitics.com …

State Superintendent Tony Evers says his primary victory can be chalked up to a focus on the state’s public school kids — and not on the “kind of weird politics and policies” that plagued his challengers.

Evers told WisPolitics.com in an interview last night that instead, his primary victory is a reflection of his campaign’s focus on the 860,000 public school kids in the state and their needs.

Evers easily won yesterday’s primary, with unofficial election results showing he gathered nearly 70 percent of the vote. He’ll face off against Lowell Holtz, who got around 23 percent of the vote, in the general election April 4. Eliminated from the race was John Humphries, who garnered around 7 percent of the vote.

Evers said he didn’t know if the news from last week of a possible deal between Humphries and Holtz affected the outcome of the primary. But he said “people in Wisconsin value trustworthiness and integrity.”

“I think this worked against both of them,” Evers said. “I never guessed this race would have that role in it.”

And he added that because both his primary opponents “engaged in untrustworthy behavior,” the issue could still dog Holtz as the two head into the general election.

Evers “fully anticipates” outside money will come in during the general election to help Holtz, especially from groups that support school choice, and “will play a role in this race.”

“We’ll be working twice as hard as we were going into this race” in anticipation of the challenge that money would pose, Evers said.

Meanwhile, Holtz in a statement thanked voters for their faith in him to “correct the extensive vulnerabilities” of the state’s “education bureaucracy.”

“I look forward to the campaign ahead, and anticipate a spirited and meaningful debate as I present an alternative vision for the future of Wisconsin’s students to that of Dr. Tony Evers,” he said.

Humphries urged voters to learn more about both Evers’ “track record and what he plans to do differently,” as well as Holtz’s proposals, saying “the status quo cannot stand any longer in Wisconsin.”

Read Holtz’s statement here.

See Humphries’ statement here.

Holtz continued to see a late surge of big-dollar donations from conservatives in the waning days of the primary.

Richard Wilkey, founder and CEO of the Fisher Barton Group, gave Holtz $5,000 this week, while Foster Friess, a multimillionaire mutual fund investor and top GOP donor nationally, gave him $1,000.

That pushed Holtz’s late contributions $25,000.

Evers collected $24,500 in late contributions, according to his latest filing, while Humphries had just $1,000.

Candidates are required to report donations of $1,000 or more received in the 14 days before an election.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin State Journal

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New ADA Regulations and Federal Guidance Regarding Students with Disabilities

By John Forester | February 21, 2017

The Boardman & Clark law firm recently published this School Law Newsletter entitled “New ADA Regulations and Federal Guidance Regarding Students with Disabilities”.

The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman & Clark.

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Advocate For School Start Date Repeal

By John Forester | February 21, 2017

Check out the school board resolutions below in support of school start date repeal.

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Mellen Resolution

Necedah Resolution

Marathon Resolution

Marathon Business Association Letter

Winter Resolution

Parkview Resolution

Clintonville Resolution

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More Indications Walker Running for Reelection

By John Forester | February 21, 2017

Governor Scott Walker’s campaign is launching digital ads to seek support for his budget, the latest signal that he’s running for a third term in 2018.

See the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story here.

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Hurley Superintendent on “Here & Now”

By John Forester | February 20, 2017

Hurley Superintendent and WASDA Board member Chris Patritto discussed the Governor’s proposed rural schools funding boost on Friday’s “Here & Now” show on Wisconsin Public Television.  Nice job Chris!

See the video here.

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State Superintendent Primary Election February 21

By John Forester | February 20, 2017

This news story by Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal lays out just how important it is to get to the polls tomorrow and cast your primary ballot for State Superintendent.

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Editorial: Good Things in Budget for Schools

By John Forester | February 20, 2017

This past weekend, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized about the good things in the Governor’s budget for schools, and also about a few concerns.  Check it out here.

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Borsuk on the Importance of Early Learning

By John Forester | February 20, 2017

Check out Alan Borsuk’s latest column on early childhood education.

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