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WAES School-funding Reform Update, January 5, 2010

From the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.  Table of contents below; pdf of full update here. * Sign petition urging legislators to consider “A Penny for Kids” * Governor’s school-funding reform … raise property taxes? * UW education dean wonders … Continue reading

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Ain’t that Special? — Doyle Calls Legislative Session (Updated)

Lame Duck, pretend “Friend of Education” Governor Jim Doyle has called a special legislative session to consider his Race to the Top lottery inspired Mayoral Control proposal and the insane proposal to give the State Superintendent the power to take … Continue reading

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The Losing Hand — Madison Schools and the State Budget

Susan Troller has a story — “Madison schools — the biggest loser” — on state and local school finance in today’s Capital Times.  I’m off to the “Books not Bombs” action being held in conjunction with President Obama’s visit this … Continue reading

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Who are they kidding? “State Representatives Strive To Continue Wisconsin’s Legacy of Education”

Video  and story from WSAW (sorry about the advertisement) There has been a lot of hot air, half truths, spin and misinformation about education funding in the 2009-11 Wisconsin biennial budget, but this story from Wausau takes the prize (for … Continue reading

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No to the Max: The New Trend in School District Tax Levies?

At a discordant meeting last night, the Kenosha School Meeting approved a 2.17% tax levy increase.*  The maximum levy allowed under the state budget — after the Governor and Legislature slashed  state aid and lowered revenue limits — was 6.03%. … Continue reading

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MMSD Budget and the Death of Journalism

On August 10, 2009 the Madison Metropolitan School District had their first public discussion about how they might address the the multiple fiscal messes handed them by our state budget-makers.  AMPS previewed this meeting that day.   No professional media saw … Continue reading

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How Long, How Long Blues

Leroy Carr. “How Long, How Long Blues, Pt. 1” (click to listen or download) There was an interesting quote from my State Representative, Mark Pocan, in the Wisconsin State Journal story on the prospects of Governor Jim Doyle’s agenda as … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down

Much to say and analyze as the Wisconsin state budget moves into this final (and public for a change) phase, but little or no time right now.  Stay tuned and follow the developments on the WisPolitics Budget Blog. For now … Continue reading

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“Ain’t No Sunshine,” The Joint Finance Committee Does the Education Budget (and Much Else) Updated

Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine” (click to listen or download) [Update at the bottom] Wisconsin is generally considered to have good open meetings/open records, “sunshine” laws. However, it appears that significant revisions of the state’s 2009-11 biennial budget is moving … Continue reading

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Breaking — Doyle Says Yes to More Cuts, No New Taxes

Watching the budget “fix” press conference via WisconsinEye. Mark Pocan and Mark Miller are by Governor Jim Doyle’s side, so little hope for Joint Finance action. 5% across the board cuts to most state functions; 2.5% cut to education, 2.5% … Continue reading

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