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Republicans Hold Control of Wisconsin Senate

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Wisconsin has been in the national spotlight leading up to yesterday’s recall elections. Besides the six Republicans on yesterday’s ballot, two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week. A third Democrat survived a recall attempt last month. Below are the results of the races for six incumbent Republican senators. The Republicans will continue to control the […]

June Floor Action on Education Bills Unlikely

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Despite requests from the SAA, WASB and several education committee members, it appears almost certain that the Legislature will not take up several education bills before the current floor period ends on June 30th.  The SAA supports floor action on three bills relating to:  the administration of medication to students (AB 62), the revocation of […]

Florida Special Ed Voucher Program Spawns Fraud

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

You may recall that the SAA strongly opposed Assembly Bill 110, relating to creation of a Wisconsin Special Education Voucher program.  Proponents argue that it is modeled after a very successful Florida program. The article from the Miami New Times linked below describes significant problems just being uncovered in the Florida program. Miami New Times […]

Governor Walker to Sign Budget on Sunday

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Governor Scott Walker’s office has announced that he plans to sign the state budget on Sunday in Green Bay. The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. at Badger Sheet Metal Works.

Senate Approves Budget 19-14

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Senate voted 19-14 (party lines) Thursday night to approve the budget without any changes to the Assembly version of the document, clearing the way for it to now head to the guv’s desk for his review. Lawmakers debated almost nine hours on the legislation, turning back eight Dem amendments, including one to repeal the collective […]

Ellis Vows to Fix Voucher Provision

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is now reporting the following: Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) said senators oppose the way the budget provision was drafted. He said the Senate would pass the budget Thursday as it is written, but then soon pass a separate bill that would ensure school vouchers are not expanded beyond Racine. “Nobody […]

Evers Rips Assembly Choice Debacle

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement on the Republican-controlled Assembly’s private school voucher plan that was tucked into the state budget early this morning. The DPI has also produced an  analysis of choice eligibility for private school vouchers for the state’s school districts.

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 […]

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