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!
- 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
Governor Evers’ Budget proposal (introduced 2/16/21):
- Budget in Brief (education starts on page 72): http://www.thewheelerreport.com/…/0212621budgetinbrief.pdf
- Full budget document (Dept of Public Instruction starts on page 489)
- WPEN response (press release)
- Overview: Half of Evers’ proposed $3.2B budget increase slated for K-12 education (WisPolitics)
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:
Summaries and reactions to DPI budget proposal:
- Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC): Proposed budget calls for $1.4 billion increase
- School Administrators Alliance (SAA): DPI Seeks $1.4 Billion Increase in Budget Request
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB): DPI submits 2021-2023 budget request for schools
- Survivor Coalition Supports Proposed DPI Biennial Budget Investments in Students With Disabilities
SPEAK UP FOR KIDS
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.
The Assembly Democrats have scheduled a series of virtual “Budget Action Meetings” throughout the month of March. According to the organizers, “The goals for each meeting are to 1) Highlight our members’ work and educate people about what is in the Badger Bounceback Budget, 2) Inspire people to participate in the budget process and take one concrete action, and 3) Provide ways to connect with partner groups about ongoing budget organizing. ” The schedule for the upcoming meetings is as follows:
- March 3 at 7pm: Healthcare
- March 10 at 7pm: Education, Childcare and Higher Education
- March 17 at 7pm: Criminal Justice Reform and Democracy
- March 24 at 7pm: Climate, Environment and Equal Rights
- March 31 at 7pm: Economy and Infrastructure
You can learn more about the effort at ForwardWisc.com. IFor more information contact Rep. Goyke at email@example.com and Rep. Neubauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes held “People’s Budget Listening Sessions in Nov-Dec 2020. 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
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
CLOSING THE GAPS Workshop Series Archives:
- School Board Matters, Jan. 27, 2021: video, powerpoint, shared notes doc.
- School Funding 101 with Dr. Julie Underwood, Feb. 11, 2021: video, slide deck.
- School Funding 102 with Bob Soldner, DPI and Dr. Julie Underwood, Feb. 25, 2021: video, slide deck, one-page school finance resource
First Budget Action Workshop with the Wisconsin Public Education Network and the ACLU of Wisconsin: Saturday, January 23. If you missed the Workshop, would like to review the materials, or wish to share them with others, you can find everything you need here (and archived on our Budget HQ page):
- Budget Action Workshop Participant Guide (includes agenda, budget overview, organizing readings, and regularly updated budget resources)
- Printable worksheets for Small Group Storytelling Breakouts
- Budget Action Workshop PowerPoint presentation (pdf)
- Video of Jan. 23 Budget Action Workshop [note: video starts recording about 10 minutes into event]NOTE: We welcome you to use these resources to hold your own nonpartisan advocacy workshops or training events, provided that all of our materials are fully credited and distributed free of charge. If you’d like support in holding a local training or Budget Action Workshop, please contact Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org, or your Wisconsin Public Education Network regional organizer!
Second Budget Action Workshop with the Wisconsin Public Education Network and the ACLU of Wisconsin: Saturday, February 20. We unpacked Governor Evers’s newly-released state budget and started our local action planning. Archive:
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.
Wisconsin’s children are counting on us!