Legislative Update

Legislative Update

  • Legislative Update: Joint Finance Committee to take up education issues

    The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will meet next Thursday, May 23, to take up funding for K-12 education. GOP lawmakers have said they won’t support the $1.4 billion increase the governor is proposing, but they have promised an increase. They may also take up voucher schools, independently run charters and open enrollment. Read More...
  • Legislative Update: Republicans strip Evers’ budget of key items

    The Joint Finance Committee Thursday killed a plan for $1.4 billion in federal funding that would have helped fund schools, roads and healthcare. The party-line vote to deny full Medicaid expansion was followed by a vote on a huge package of recommended budget provisions that would have increased special education funding and teacher quality measures, ...
  • Legislative Update: May 3

    GOP lawmakers are formally taking steps to stop Medicaid expansion and strip out key education provisions from Governor Tony Evers’ budget proposal, including school funding fixes that would result in more tax dollars actually entering our schoolhouse doors instead of being used for property tax reductions. The Joint Finance co-chairs have released a memo outlining ...
  • Governor Evers honored as WEAC’s 2019 Friend of Education

    Governor Tony Evers was awarded the 2019 WEAC Friend of Education Award at the annual WEAC Representative Assembly on Saturday in Oshkosh. The Governor made a surprise appearance before hundreds of excited delegates and thanked them for their support of him over the years and especially in his campaign for governor. “I could not have ...
  • Average teacher salary nationwide down 4.5 percent, NEA report finds

    The national average teacher salary, adjusted for inflation, has decreased 4.5 percent over the past decade, according to the annual NEA Rankings and Estimates released Monday. Wisconsin’s average teacher salary dropped to 33rd in the nation, down from 18th in the nation just seven years ago, according to the report. Wisconsin’s average teacher salary ...
  • With schools ‘at the tipping point,’ educators ask legislators to ‘do the right thing’ and pass Evers’ budget

    As the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee concluded its statewide budget hearings Wednesday in Green Bay, educators continued to encourage legislators to “do the right thing” and support Governor Evers’ budget plan that supports children, public schools and our dedicated teachers and education support professionals. “Green Bay Area Public Schools, and schools around Wisconsin are at ...
  • Legislative Update – April 20

    The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will hold its final budget hearing in Green Bay on Wednesday. Since the hearings were held during the school day when educators are with students, click here for an easy way to give your input via email: If you can get to the Green Bay hearing, here’s what you need to know: Wednesday, ...
  • Legislative Update: April 12

    The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee continued hearings on the state budget with a stop in Oak Creek on Wednesday. Educators at Oak Creek budget hearing. There are more opportunities to make your voice heard on issues that impact our students, our profession, and our public schools: Monday, April 15: Joint Finance Committee hearing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center – ...
  • Educators and supporters of public schools continue to advocate for school funding increases

    Educators continued to advocate for public education this week as the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held hearings on the state budget. Educators and supporters of public education testified at those hearings, submitted written testimony and shared their thoughts through letters to their legislators and in letters submitted to local media throughout the state. On Wednesday, ...
  • Voters support ‘major increase’ in special education funding

    A large majority of Wisconsin’s registered voters – 74 percent – agree with Governor Evers that there should be a “major increase” in state aid for special education, according to results from the latest Marquette University Law School poll. As part of his state budget plan, Evers has proposed a $600 million increase. Read More...