Walker, Evers Tied in Race for Governor

By John Forester | November 1, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

The latest Marquette University Law School Poll found a tied race for guv, while Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin maintained a big lead over GOP challenger Leah Vukmir.

Gov. Scott Walker and Dem challenger Tony Evers were each backed by 47 percent of respondents. Libertarian Phil Anderson was at 3 percent.

Poll director Charles Franklin noted the exact same number of respondents backed Evers and Walker in the results.

Last month, it was 47-46 Walker with Anderson at 5 percent.

The June Marquette poll had Walker plus-2. The race was tied in August. The September poll had Evers plus-5. And earlier this month was Walker plus-1.

“You look across that stream, and it’s hard to conclude anything other than a toss-up race,” Franklin said.

Evers was viewed favorably by 42 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 41 percent.

Meanwhile, Walker’s job approval rating was 51-47. The poll showed 54 percent of likely voters said the state was on the right track, while 42 percent said it was headed in the wrong direction.

But independents backed Evers 49-42.

Wisconsin State Journal Coverage

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Coverage

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Enrollments Announced for Voucher Programs

By John Forester | October 30, 2018

According to the Department of Public Instruction, student enrollment in Wisconsin’s three private school parental choice programs showed a one-year increase of about 8.7 percent. The largest increase came from the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program with student headcounts rising from 4,534 in 2017-18 to 7,140 in 2018-19.  The Department of Public Instruction uses enrollment numbers to calculate public school district aid deductions related to these voucher programs.  For more information, including links to a list of all private schools participating and their enrollment and financial impacts, see the DPI press release here.

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School Law Update: New Notice Required For Background Checks

By John Forester | October 30, 2018

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent newsletter, Boardman Clark provides an update on a new notice required for background checks through third parties.  CFPB website.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman Clark.

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Stroebel Opines: “School Referendums Running Amuck”

By John Forester | October 22, 2018

Check out The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) op-ed piece from State Senator Duey Stroebel in which he again places school referenda directly in his sights.  Will he be looking to add these issues to the special session agenda following the November 6 election?  WisPolitics also published an extensive article on this topic last Friday.  Stay tuned.

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Fitzgerald Casts Doubt on School Funding, Pre-Existing Conditions Proposals

By John Forester | October 17, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald yesterday cast doubt on two Republican proposals that would increase funding for public education and ensure protections for pre-existing conditions.

The comments came after the Juneau Republican revealed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has floated an extraordinary session in early December to consider additional legislation beyond the incentive package for Kimberly-Clark.

Fitzgerald said he and the Assembly speaker have had no further discussions on what type of legislation would be introduced. But Vos at a WisPolitics.com luncheon earlier this month said he’d like to take up a bill that previously cleared the Assembly to ensure protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Fitzgerald cast doubt on whether his caucus has enough votes to pass the bill.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, because obviously it’s generated a lot of heat during this campaign and the election cycle,” he told reporters after a WisPolitics.com luncheon with Senate leaders. “But I know I got members that probably are not on board, which is one of the reasons that it wasn’t something that we tackled at the end of session.”

Fitzgerald’s comments come after Gov. Scott Walker posted a campaign video in which he pledged to protect pre-existing conditions as long as he’s governor.

The Assembly bill cleared the chamber in June 2017, but failed to pass the Senate.

Vos’ office didn’t immediately return a request seeking comment.

A Walker spokeswoman referred WisPolitics.com to the campaign, which didn’t immediately respond.

Fitzgerald also cast doubt on a proposal from Walker for the state to fund two-thirds of K-12 public education costs.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has estimated such a proposal would have cost $130 million more in the 2018-19 fiscal year, however, the agency has not estimated what it would cost in future budgets.

The state is at 65.8 percent for the 2018-19 school year, according to LFB.

“Now you’re talking a big chunk of change, so I think you’re going to have to get some fresh fiscal numbers to see whether or not you could pull that off,” Fitzgerald said during the WisPolitics.com luncheon.

Still, the Senate leader said it’s likely the state could fund another proposal from Walker to increase state transportation funding for counties and towns that would together cost about $110 million annually.

“That’s actually where there’s a lot of pressure for legislators back home in the district. I think that is a commitment you can live up to,” he said.

See Wisconsin Public Radio coverage here.

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School Districts Receive Certified General Aid Figures

By John Forester | October 15, 2018

As required by state statute on or by Oct. 15 of each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided the certified amount each public school district will receive from the $4.656 billion appropriated for general state aid for the 2018-19 school year.  According to DPI, roughly 55 percent of the state’s public school districts (230 of 422) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2017‑18.  For more information including a listing of school districts and their certified general aid amounts, please see the DPI news release here.

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Walker Plans to Restore Two-Thirds Funding

By John Forester | October 15, 2018

Governor Walker announced this morning on talk radio his intention to restore two-thirds funding.  Of course the real question is how much of the increase will the Governor’s proposal allow schools to actually spend on the children they serve.  Going to two-thirds funding without increasing revenue caps or per pupil aid is really “school funding in name only.”  It provides relief to property taxpayers but no additional resources to spend on educational opportunities for children.  Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage here.

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Marquette Poll: Evers, Walker in a Toss-up for Governor

By John Forester | October 10, 2018

The new Marquette Law School Poll is out and it shows that that the Governor’s race is essentially a toss-up, with Walker leading 47-46 (well within the margin for error).  Check out the coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

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School Referendums Set For November 6th

By John Forester | October 4, 2018

From The Wheeler Report:

Wisconsin schools will be holding 82 school referendums on the November 6 ballot.

See the report here.

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Walker Campaign Does Not Respond To SAA Request

By John Forester | October 3, 2018

As you know, on September 6th the SAA asked the Walker and Evers campaigns to respond in writing to several questions on current education policy issues impacting Wisconsin public schools and public school children.

The Evers campaign submitted their responses on the September 25th deadline.  After multiple requests and reminders, we have yet to receive a response from the Walker campaign.

Stay tuned.

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