JFC Hearings: Who Plans to Testify?

By John Forester | March 11, 2015

As you know, beginning next week, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold four public hearings on the Governor’s 2015-17 budget.  Those hearings include:

·         10 am – 5 pm:  Wednesday, March 18 at Brillion High School

·         10 am – 5 pm:  Friday, March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee

·         10 am – 5 pm:  Monday, March 23 at UW Barron County in Rice Lake

·         9:30 am – 4 pm:  Thursday, March 26 at the CAL Auditorium in Reedsburg

We have been told by Capitol sources that it is extremely important for administrators, board members and parents to show up at these hearings to advocate strongly on behalf of the children we serve. Those SAA members interested in testifying at one of these four hearings should let me know so I can help to coordinate the arrangements for your testimony. I will follow up with updated talking points.  Thanks.

 

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AB 1 Substitute Amendment Vote Postponed

By John Forester | March 11, 2015

Capitol sources have indicated that the planned vote in the Assembly Education Committee on the substitute amendment to AB 1 has been postponed.

 

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SAA Position on AB 1 Substitute Amendment

By John Forester | March 11, 2015

As you have probably guessed, the SAA remains opposed to the substitute amendment to AB 1 (accountability) primarily because of the proponents’ support for letter grades, punitive sanctions and multiple assessments for accountability purposes.

Regarding the questions many SAA members have expressed regarding the provision allowing superintendents sole authority over turnaround efforts in low performing schools, we have no idea where the provision came from.  It was indeed a surprise to us.  Here is our thinking on this provision:

Fracturing the relationship between a superintendent and their governing board is not a recipe for improving schools. In fact, all the evidence suggests that effective school performance occurs where there is a strong relationship between the superintendent and board and each recognizes the legitimate role and responsibility of the other in governance and administration. Having either side overrule the legitimate authority of the other is counterproductive and contributes to poor school performance.

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AB-1 (Accountability) Substitute Amendment Released

By John Forester | March 10, 2015

This substitute amendment was released this morning and will be voted on by the Assembly Education Committee Thursday morning.

Assembly leadership plans to take this bill to the floor next Tuesday, March 17th.

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Governor’s Voucher Funding Plan Doesn’t Work for Anyone

By John Forester | March 9, 2015

Check out the op-ed piece on the Governor’s voucher funding plan written by Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray and printed by the Waukesha Freeman on Saturday.  Well said, Todd!

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Amery School District Budget Letter to Parents

By John Forester | March 9, 2015

Check out the Amery School District budget letter to parents and community members.  Outstanding job!

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Oregon School District Letter to Community

By John Forester | March 6, 2015

The Oregon School Board and Superintendent Brian Busler has sent a letter to Oregon families informing them of the impact that proposed state budget cuts will have on students in the Oregon School District, and encouraging parents and community members to contact legislators with their concerns.  Great job!

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Zydowsky Addresses Budget in Column

By John Forester | March 5, 2015

Check out Menomonie Superintendent Joe Zydowsky’s column in which he speaks out on the proposed state budget’s impact on Menomonie school children.  Nice job Joe!!

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DC Everest Using Facebook to Reach Community on Budget Impact

By John Forester | March 5, 2015

Check out the budget resolution from the DC Everest School Board, as well as the information document the district is using to inform the community of the proposed budget impact on the district’s children.  These documents were posted on the district Facebook page and have been viewed by thousands in less than 24 hours.  What a great way to get the word out to the larger community.  Great work, DC Everest!!

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Kenosha Superintendent Op-Ed Piece

By John Forester | March 5, 2015

Check out the op-ed piece on the proposed budget authored by Kenosha Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis.  Nice job Sue!!

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