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State Tax Collections Running Ahead of Projections

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

From …Tax collections for the fiscal year that ends this month are running ahead of projections, putting the state in line for another boost to the general fund.The Department of Revenue last week reported general fund tax collections through the end of May were up 5.2 percent compared to the same period a year […]

Evers Warns Agencies to Avoid Additional Spending in 2023-25 Budget Requests

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

From … Gov. Tony Evers is warning state agencies his directives will require most of them to avoid additional general purpose revenue spending in the 2023-25 state budget even with a record projected surplus.In a letter last week, Evers wrote the restriction also will extend to SEG-funded operations for the departments of Natural Resources […]

WASB Won’t Renew Membership in NSBA

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

From …The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has voted not to renew membership in the national organization over concerns about its governance structure, fiscal management, and “failure to prioritize and serve state school board associations.”In a message to lawmakers late Monday, the WASB wrote many of its concerns “pre-date last fall’s events,” when the […]

DOR: Wisconsin Personal Income Growth Will Lag the Nation

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

From … The state Department of Revenue predicts personal income growth in Wisconsin will lag the national rate this year and the next.That’s according to the latest economic forecast report from DOR, which shows personal income in Wisconsin is expected to rise 2.3 percent this year and 4.8 percent in 2023. That’s compared to […]

SAA Names Dee Pettack Next Executive Director

Monday, June 6th, 2022

The SAA has named Dee Pettack as its next executive director, replacing current SAA Executive Director John Forester, who is retiring after more than 20 years of leading the SAA.  Pettack currently serves as senior policy initiatives advisor for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. See the SAA news release here.

School Officials’ Role in Parental Disputes

Monday, June 6th, 2022

From the Legal Side… In its most recent Legal Update, the Renning, Lewis & Lacy Law Firm discusses a few of the common circumstances in which school staff are forced to encounter child custody and related matters, often as part of ongoing parental disputes. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable […]

Knudson Announces Resignation from Elections Commission

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

In my estimation, this entire episode (see the news story below) surrounding Dean Knudson’s resignation from the Elections Commission is yet another sad illustration of the dysfunction in Madison.  When he was in the Legislature and a member of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, we often disagreed on education policy issues.  However, I always believed […]

Wisconsin Falls Further Below National Average on Per-Pupil Spending

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

In September 2020, you might recall that the Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) released a report in which it used 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data (the most recent available at the time) to conclude the following regarding Wisconsin’s K-12 spending trends in comparison to the rest of the nation:  In 2002, Wisconsin state and local per-pupil spending ranked […]

Wisconsin’s Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

From the Legal Side… In its most recent Legal Update, the Renning, Lewis & Lacy Law Firm reviews the legal obligations found in Wisconsin’s Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials. 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 […]

WPF Releases Report on School ESSER Spending

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

The Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) released a new report yesterday entitled, “How Are School Districts Spending Their Federal Relief Funds?”  Check it out here.

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