Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/30/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Reports and Communications from the Board Clerk/Director, Office of Board Governance
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Monthly Report, with Possible Action, on Legislative Activities Affecting MPS
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: BG 2.13 - Board Legislation Program
File Attachment:
Background: As this update is being drafted, the Joint Committee on Finance is two days away from taking its vote on the major education portions of the state budget. An update based on that action will be provided at the time of the meeting of the MPS Board of School Directors.

While it is hoped that the committee will support the Governor’s proposals to support Wisconsin students, preliminary budget papers provided by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, include funding options that fall well short of the needs of students and that include the lesser, rather than the “Blue Ribbon,” options put forward by the Blue Ribbon Commission on K-12 education.

The Joint Committee on Finance has been working off of the “base budget” rather than the Executive Budget and leadership in the legislature is now considering splitting the budget related action into separate bills in order to limit or eliminate the veto power of the Governor.

What is clear at the moment is that funding for students with disabilities is in jeopardy, funding for student mental health needs is in jeopardy, funding that would help to lower class sizes is in jeopardy, in essence funding that would support what the people of Wisconsin have asked for for their students, is in jeopardy.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan The district will continue to pursue appropriate support for students as part of the MPS Legislative Agenda.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Chris Thiel - Legislative Policy Specialist
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer