Wisconsin Association of School Boards

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The Wisconsin Association of School Boards is the Wisconsin state chapter of the National School Boards Association, a government sector lobbying association.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Wisconsin government sector lobbying

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has a registered lobbyist with the Government Accountability Board.[1]

Legislative agenda

The largest concern at the state level is financing for the schools. WASB noted that the state budget deficit was $5.4 billion in 2009-2010, which was near the total spending on education in the state.[2] Therefore, WASB asked that the state renew its commitment to paying 2/3 of the education costs in the state without raising property taxes, as they increased on an average of 4.9 percent between 2000 and 2005. In 2007, the school property taxes rose to 7.4 percent, which was the highest since 1992-93.

For state aids and funds WASB asked for:[2]

  • Coverage of 33 percent of the costs for bilingual-bicultural programs
  • Full state funding for special education programs
  • Funding to reduce the achievement gap between low income children and other children
  • Fully funding the existing "sparsity aid" program

Other aspects of the money constraints included the declining enrollment of students, which was placing many school boards into tight budgets.[2] As such they were proposing:

  • School boards be allowed to increase their revenues by 2 percent about current limits
  • Set the low-revenue ceiling at 100 percent of the statewide average cost per pupil
  • Extend the hold-harmless revenue limit adjustment for two more years (currently one year)

Academic performance

The WASB calls for a more individualized assessment of students than the current Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) and online testing.[2]

WASB directors

The WASB divides the state in to 15 regions. A director is selected from each region.

Additional reading

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