More Start Date Resolutions

By John Forester | March 16, 2017

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

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Tri-County Resolution

West Salem Resolution

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More Start Date Resolutions

By John Forester | March 14, 2017

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

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Resolution

Cambridge Resolution

Denmark Resolution

Portage Resolution

Siren Resolution

Viroqua Resolution

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Tentative JFC Budget Hearing Schedule

By John Forester | March 9, 2017

From WisPolitics.com …

Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May 2, according to a tentative overview sent to members and shared with WisPolitics.com.

The offices of Co-chairs Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and John Nygren, R-Marinette, stressed the outline is not finalized. The document also stresses the timeline is subject to change.

Still, the overview from Darling’s office has the committee doing four days of agency briefings March 27-30 before the first public hearing in Platteville.

From there, the committee would hit: the Milwaukee area April 5; Marinette April 7; Spooner April 18; Ellsworth April 19; and east-central Wisconsin April 21.

The document suggests State Fair Park and the Italian Community Center as possible sites for the Milwaukee hearing. Meanwhile, possible locations for the April 21 hearing include Waupaca, Ripon and Fond du Lac.

Under the tentative plan, JFC would meet each Tuesday and Thursday starting the first week of May to vote on the budget with sessions continuing “until done.”

Zach Bemis, Nygren’s chief of staff, said the co-chairs were still discussing final details.

“I suspect it will be something very similar to what they laid out with May and June where the action takes place,” Bemis said.

Two years ago, the committee did four public hearings, which kicked off March 18 in Brillion before JFC hit Milwaukee, Rice Lake and Reedsburg. The committee then met for the first time in executive session April 15, but did not wrap up its work until the first week of July as GOP lawmakers were locked in a stalemate with the guv over transportation funding.

See the tentative timeline here.

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More Start Date Resolutions

By John Forester | March 8, 2017

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

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Deerfield Resolution

Eau Claire Resolution

Spring Valley Resolution

Tomah Chamber of Commerce Letter

Tomah Resolution

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LFB Budget Summary Now Available

By John Forester | March 7, 2017

The Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its summary of the governor’s state budget proposals.  For SAA member convenience, we are linking the “Public Instruction” section of the summary.

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U.S. Supreme Court Sends Student Transgender Case Back to Court of Appeals

By John Forester | March 7, 2017

From the Legal Side…

The Boardman and Clark law firm has recently published this legal update regarding the U.S. Supreme Courts action on an important transgender case before it.

The SAA regularly receives these legal 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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Wisconsin School District Debt Soars After $1.35 Billion in New Borrowing

By John Forester | March 6, 2017

Public school districts in Wisconsin are in the midst of a building boom, financed by a surge in new debt not seen since the 1990s, a new analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has found.

According to the report, voters in districts across the state approved through referendums borrowing $1.35 billion last year, 10 times more than in 2011 and the most since the alliance began keeping records in 1993. The previous high, adjusted for inflation, was $1.04 billion in 1996.

Check out the coverage in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

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DPI Budget Summary Now Available

By John Forester | March 6, 2017

The DPI has released its summary of the Governor’s PK12 state budget proposals.  Check it out here.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Transgender Case

By John Forester | March 6, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the court of appeals decision and sent it back for reconsideration given the Trump administration’s latest action on transgender status.

See the NY Times Story here.

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More Start Date Resolutions

By John Forester | March 6, 2017

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

Please forward your letters and resolutions to the SAA.

Arcadia Resolution

Chequamegon Resolution

Gilmanton Resolution

Sun Prairie Resolution

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