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News Media, WPF Confirm SAA’s Assessment of GOP K-12 Funding Plan

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Check out this news story which ran in the Racine Journal Times.  The author agrees with the SAA’s assessment that the GOP “investment” in education adopted by the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee last Thursday was actually “school funding in name only”.  Researchers from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, quoted in the story, also agreed with the […]

SAA News Release

Friday, June 18th, 2021

The SAA has issued a news release on last night’s Joint Finance Committee action affecting K-12 education. 061821saa.pdf (

JFC to Support “School Funding in Name Only”

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) continues to work through its Executive Session agenda.  We anticipate they will take up items impacting K-12 education near the end of their deliberations tonight.  Although all of the pieces of the GOP K-12 package have yet to be unveiled, we are pretty sure of what is likely the biggest […]

Big 5 Superintendents Release Guest Column

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

The leaders of the five largest school districts in Wisconsin — Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha — issued a guest column today in response to the Joint Finance Committee’s recent state budget action on K-12 education.  Many thanks to our “Big 5” superintendents. See Guest Column Release_BIG5_Op-Ed_06-16-2021 (

“Big 5” Superintendents Send Letter to State Legislature

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

The leaders of the five largest school districts in Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha – sent a letter to the state legislature today in response to the recent K-12 state budget action by the Joint Finance Committee.  Hats off to our “Big 5” superintendents!

Virtual Press Conference in a Box

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Dear SAA Members: As we emerge from the pandemic, the legislature’s biennial budget is more important than ever for the future of our schools. As you know, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has approved K-12 education funding that is far below what our schools and our children need. If adopted, it will adversely affect the educational […]

WPF: A Golden Opportunity for Wisconsin

Friday, June 11th, 2021

In a publication released today highlighting the tremendous opportunities afforded to Wisconsin policymakers by the unprecedented revenue windfall announced earlier this week, the Wisconsin Policy Forum said regarding K-12 education: “For years, efforts to overhaul the state’s school funding formula have appeared out of reach given the amount of money needed to ensure most districts […]

State Budget Alert – JFC Wraps Up Work on the Budget Next Week!

Friday, June 11th, 2021

That’s right, friends.  I am issuing another member alert on the 2021-23 State Budget.  Since their K-12 budget action on May 27th, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has continued to work through its Executive Sessions (voting) on the various pieces of the State Budget.  The JFC plans to complete its work on the budget bill […]

LFB Memo Indicates $2.3 Billion in Federal School Funds At Risk

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Previous news reports have suggested that Wisconsin could lose $1.5 billion in federal money for schools if it runs afoul of the maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements in the latest federal COVID-19 relief legislation.  According to a June 9, 2021 memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) however, when you factor in the MOE requirements […]

SAA, K-12 Groups Issue News Release on $4.4 Billion in New Revenue

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

The SAA joined WASB, SWSA and WiRSA in a news release urging greater financial support for K-12 public schools.  Check it out here.

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