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Notes from JFC Hearing

By John Forester | April 6, 2017

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s second of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget bill in West Allis.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Blake Peuse (St. Francis), Pat DeKlotz (Kettle Moraine), Bryan Davis (Shorewood), Deb Kerr (Brown Deer),  and Darienne Driver (Milwaukee Public Schools).  The following business managers also provided testimony: John Stellmacher (Hartford Joint 1), Jonathan Mitchell (St. Francis) and Blaise Paul (South Milwaukee).  Other members of the Brown Deer leadership team joined Superintendent Kerr in testimony as well.  Many thanks to these SAA members for their leadership.

Blake Peuse and Jonathan Mitchell Testimony 040517

Brown Deer Team Testimony 040517

Bryan Davis and Paru Shah Testimony 040517

Darienne Driver Testimony 040517

John Stellmacher Testimony 040517

For those of you planning to testify at one of the remaining hearings, here are my suggestions:

Get there early.  I know the hearings don’t start until 10:00 a.m., but if you wish to speak before 1:00 p.m. get there by 7:30 a.m.

  • You will only have 2 minutes to testify.  There will likely be no questions from legislators.
  • Bring 1 hard copy of your testimony with your full contact information on it for the committee members. (This is a change from previous years when I suggested 20 hard copies.  JFC staff has changed their process.)
  • Use the information in the SAA’s recent Budget Alert to stay on message.  It is very important for us to stay focused.

We need a strong showing at the remaining JFC budget hearings.  If you have questions about testifying please call me.

Here are the upcoming hearing locations and times:

See also news coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Of particular interest see “School Funding Debate” discussion.

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