Legislative Update – April 6

Joint Finance says they’ll work off governor’s budget – for the most part … Joint Finance Committee public hearings … School referendums … New voucher spending bill in the works … Broadband grants

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Educators have pointed questions for Governor Walker as he visits Milton High School

One of the questions posed in writing to Governor Walker by Milton Education Association President Michael Dorn on behalf of Milton educators is: “Governor, you have repeatedly said that the state cannot afford to fund public education at 2010 levels. If so, how can the state afford to fund a second system of private voucher schools along with traditional neighborhood public schools?”

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Voters demonstrate strong support for public schools by re-electing Evers, passing school referendums

Wisconsin voters again expressed their strong support for public schools Tuesday by overwhelmingly re-electing State Superintendent Tony Evers and passing school referendums. “As they have done many times before, Wisconsin residents on Tuesday sent a strong message that they want quality public education for their children,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They not only re-elected public school advocate Tony Evers by a large majority, they rejected the policies of his opponent, who supported expansion of private school charters and vouchers at the expense of public schools. And their support for local school referendums throughout the state adds an exclamation mark to their statement that they love their public schools.”

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Legislative Update – March 31

More on hidden budget gift for employers who break the law … Joint Finance Committee wraps up agency briefings, looks toward budget hearing … DPI agency briefing … Transportation funding … Concealed carry … Bills circulating would limit school referenda … ‘Act 10’ provision pushback … The week in review … The week ahead and beyond

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Legislative Update – March 30

Bills circulating would limit school referenda … Joint Finance Committee public hearings … Governor threatens veto … ‘Act 10’ provision pushback … DPI agency budget briefing … Concealed carry legislation … Child labor laws … Broadband grants … Joint Finance Committee hearings

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Legislative Update – March 29

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee may be considering starting from the bottom-up when it comes to 2017-19 state budget deliberations, rather than working off the governor’s proposed budget which includes proposed per-pupil funding increases and bumps in aid for rural schools, mental health services in schools, and more.

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