FAQ: Rehiring WRS Annuitants for the 2022-23 School Year

By John Forester | August 8, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent School Law FYI, the BoardmanClark Law Firm focuses on frequently asked questions regarding rehiring WRS annuitants for the 2022-23 school year.

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 the BoardmanClark Law Firm.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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News Story: Schools Face Fiscal Cliff, Inflation, Frozen Funding

By John Forester | August 8, 2022

Check out this strong news article by Danielle DuClos (Green Bay Press Gazette) as it appears in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Great quotes by several school superintendents and business officials.

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Gableman Records Robocall Backing Vos’ Primary Opponent

By John Forester | August 8, 2022

From WisPolitics.com …Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman recorded a robocall urging voters to support Adam Steen in tomorrow’s GOP primary, saying Assembly Speaker Robin Vos “never wanted a real investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin.”Vos, R-Rochester, said the call shows how desperate Gableman is to remain relevant.Former President Trump revealed during Friday’s rally for GOP guv candidate Tim Michels that Gableman was joining him in endorsing Steen, a self-employed investor who lives in Sturtevant. Trump also took shots at Vos for not trying to decertify the 2020 election results. Vos has said repeatedly that isn’t an option under the law.In the call, shared with WisPolitics.com by a source and authenticated by Steen, Gableman urges voters to join him in supporting Steen.He said “everything that my office and I have been able to do to expose, all the corruption that took place, has been in spite of Robin and not because of him.”Vos approved a $676,000 taxpayer-financed budget for Gableman’s review, which was supposed to be wrapped up last fall. Vos also signed contract extensions to allow Gableman to continue his work and to have taxpayers cover the legal bills that have emerged due to several lawsuits filed seeking records from the probe.By mid-June, the tab for the probe had already exceeded $1 million between the costs of the investigation and legal bills. Since then, two Dane County judges have ordered taxpayers to cover more than $260,000 in legal bills for the Washington, D.C.-based group that sued to obtain the records.Gableman, who has been paid more than $100,000 for his work on the review over the past year, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.“Justice Gableman knows overturning the election is both unconstitutional and impossible,” Vos said. “His attempts to lie to voters and gain favor with Adam Steen are sad and show how desperate he is to remain relevant.”Listen to the call here.

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Coaches

By John Forester | August 2, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent Legal Update, the Renning, Lewis & Lacy Law Firm focuses on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and the compensation of coaches.

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 Renning, Lewis & Lacy.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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More on the Kennedy v. Bremerton School District Decision

By John Forester | July 14, 2022

From the Legal Side…

The von Briesen & Roper Law Firm, in its most recent Legal Update, focuses on the Kennedy v. Bremerton School District decision.  We believe this decision is important for SAA member consideration.  Therefore we have posted the perspectives of more than one firm on the decision in the past ten days.

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 the von Briesen & Roper Law Firm.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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Federal Judge Must Re-Evaluate Student Ban On T-Shirts With Gun Images

By John Forester | July 6, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent Legal Update, the Renning, Lewis & Lacy Law Firm reviews an important recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision concerning the ability of school officials to restrict the First Amendment rights of students as to speech and expression.

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 Renning, Lewis & Lacy.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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FMLA Reminders

By John Forester | July 6, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent School Law FYI, the BoardmanClark Law Firm focuses on reminders and clarifications for school districts regarding the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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 the BoardmanClark Law Firm.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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Legal Updates from Buelow Vetter

By John Forester | July 6, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In the past week, the Buelow Vetter Law Firm has released important legal updates including:

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 the Buelow Vetter Law Firm.  The information in these updates is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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Wisconsin’s Rank in Per-Pupil Spending Continues Decline

By John Forester | July 6, 2022

The Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) released a new report today entitled, “Wisconsin’s Ranks in School Spending, Tax Burden Fall Together.”  The key findings regarding Wisconsin school spending include:

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Nicholson Drops Out of Governor’s Race

By John Forester | July 6, 2022

From WisPolitics.com …Republican Kevin Nicholson isn’t closing the door on another bid for public office after dropping out of the guv’s race.Nicholson, a business consultant and former Marine, didn’t respond to a request for an interview with WisPolitics.com after announcing his decision yesterday. But he told conservative radio host Mark Belling he planned to take time to reflect and was looking forward to spending time with his wife and kids.Nicholson said he will also never stop caring about the state and nation.“You’ve got to stand up and try and do the right thing. How does that manifest in the future? I don’t know exactly,” Nicholson said.Nicholson dropped out of the GOP primary as former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and construction exec Tim Michels emerged as the two top candidates in the five-person field. They were neck-and-neck in the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll. Meanwhile, Nicholson was at 10 percent in that poll and hasn’t put up a meaningful paid media campaign in recent weeks, though the PAC Fighting for Wisconsin supporting him last month reported spending $950,000 on a media buy.Nicholson’s decision to drop out comes a day after the close of the most recent campaign finance reporting period. Those reports are due July 15 and will give the first look at Nicholson’s fundraising operation since he got into the race in January.Nicholson told Belling that Michels’ major personal resources put him in the position that the only option going forward was to go negative, and he didn’t want to do that.Still, Nicholson has taken shots at both Kleefisch and Michels. After reports that Kleefisch planned to use strategies such as ballot harvesting in the election, Nicholson said anyone who supports the idea is “as dumb as a bag of hammers.”Both Kleefisch and Michels praised Nicholson after he dropped out of the race and vowed to contend for his supporters.State Dem Party spokeswoman Hannah Menchhoff said Nicholson’s departure “only means that there is one less radical Republican in the gubernatorial primary.”

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