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State Budget Update & Upcoming Legislative Meetings

By Dee Pettack | April 17, 2023

2023-25 State Budget Update

Last week two public listening sessions were held in Eau Claire and Wisconsin Dells.  Similar to the listening session in Waukesha, K-12 education leaders had a significant amount of speakers at both sessions with clear and consistent testimony about what our needs are.  Thank you to all who came and dedicated your time to support a budget that our schools and students greatly need.  If you are unable to attend the last hearing there is still time to submit written testimony to the committee at budget.comments@legis.wisconsin.gov.  I also encourage everyone to send your written comments to your local legislators, if you need their contact information you can find that here.

The final opportunity to testify in person will be in Minocqua on April 26th at Lakeland Union High School (9573 State Hwy 70).  If anyone has any questions regarding attending that meeting or their testimony please do not hesitate to contact me.  At the conclusion of the public listening sessions next week, SAA will continue to engage with key members of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee and work with our members to ensure we continue to contact legislators to express the great need for a significant investment in our schools.

Assembly Education Committee Hearing (04/20/23)

The Assembly Education Committee will hold a public hearing on 04/20/23.  The following proposals will be heard:

Assembly Bill 24 – This bill requires a school board, the operator of an independent charter school, or the governing body of a private school participating in a parental choice program or in the Special Needs Scholarship Program to post in a conspicuous location in a public area of each school building a sign that contains the telephone number for the local county or state agency that is responsible for receiving reports of, and conducting investigations regarding, child abuse or neglect.

Assembly Bill 77 – This bill allows a private school participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Racine Parental Choice Program, or the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (parental choice program) to allow parents and guardians of pupils participating in a parental choice program to opt to use an automatic application process to attend the private school under the parental choice program in subsequent school years.

Assembly Bill 109 – Beginning with pupils graduating in 2028, this bill requires that, to graduate high school, a pupil must earn at least one-half credit of personal financial literacy that includes financial mindset, education and employment, money management, saving and investing, credit and debt, and risk management and insurance.

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