Local level action, statewide impact. Let’s come together to make sure our state budget meets our kids’ urgent needs and provides every child in every public school equal opportunity to succeed!

BUDGET PRIORITIES

These priorities are adapted and updated from our non-partisan Vote Public values.
  • FUND PRIORITY NEEDS FIRST
    • Restore special education reimbursement to 60%
    • Mental health support on a per-pupil system
    • English Language Learner (ELL) aid
    • Funding for rural needs, including broadband and transportation
    • Funding for COVID-related needs and a school nurse in every public school
  • FUNDING SHOULD BE ADEQUATE, SUFFICIENT, EQUITABLE, PREDICTABLE, AND FAIR. This means increasing per-pupil funding at least by an inflationary level.
  • ADDRESS WISCONSIN’S TEACHER CRISIS responsibly by providing funds for retention, recruitment, and “grow your own” educator programs.
  • MORATORIUM on funding for private and privately-operated schools that drain resources from public schools held fully accountable to taxpayers through elected school boards.
  • Funding should invest in closing Wisconsin’s gaps. A BUDGET THAT DOES NOT INVEST IN CLOSING OUR GAPS INVESTS IN MAKING THEM EVEN WIDER.

ABOUT THE 2021-2023 STATE BUDGET

Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Budget Proposal (submitted by State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor to Gov. Tony Evers, Nov. 2020)

DPI summaries (one-pagers) on specific budget proposal items:

Special Education Funding

Mental Health & Student Wellness 

Out-of-School Time Programs 

Public Libraries & Life Long Learning

Workforce Development – College & Career Ready

Summaries and reactions to DPI budget proposal:

SPEAK UP FOR KIDS

Governor Evers: People’s Budget Listening Sessions. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND LINKS TO RECORDINGS.

  • Budget Listening Session on Healthcare and Public Health
    Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. 
  • Budget Listening Session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy
    Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m. 
  • Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform
    Tuesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education
    Wednesday, December 16 at 6 p.m.
    • There were at least 490 people in attendance, and the majority shared our concerns about meeting students’ needs. We heard a lot of support for special education funding, addressing Wisconsin’s teacher shortage, bilingual education needs, mental health, school nursing, early childhood funding, nutrition and more — including a number of people who were well-organized to speak in favor of additional charter spending.
    • CLICK HERE to see the recording on Wisconsin Eye
    • Couldn’t make it? No worries: CLICK HERE to submit written testimony!

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings – official legislative hearings on the state budget: Spring 2021, dates/locations to be announced.
Budget testimony can be submitted in person at hearings, in writing or by video. We strongly encourage you to amplify your voice by sharing your testimony with members of the Joint Finance Committee, your own legislators, and your community.

2021 WISCONSIN JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Co-Chair
  • Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), Co-Chair
  • Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), Vice Chair
  • Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), Vice Chair
  • Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield)
  • Sen. Mary Felzowski (R-Irma)
  • Sen. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
  • Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls)
  • Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point)
  • Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine)

Gov. Evers’ People’s Maps Commission Hearings
Wisconsin’s legislative districts will be redrawn in 2021 following the publication of the 2020 US Census. Hearings on this process began in fall 2020, and the public is urged to submit testimony at the live virtual hearings or submit written comments here.

TAKE LOCAL ACTION

Budget Action Workshop with the Wisconsin Public Education Network and the ACLU of Wisconsin: Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. Register here.

Our communities face mounting challenges and critical needs as we adjust to schooling during a global pandemic. It’s never been more important to stand united to ensure our public schools have the resources they need to thrive. Let your community know what’s at stake for local students in the 2021-2023 state budget!


Join Wisconsin Public Education Network partners around the state to take action where YOU live to make a positive difference.

Coming soon: more details on our upcoming Budget Action Workshops, budget advocacy ambassador trainings, and more!

Wisconsin’s children are counting on us!