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Mt. Horeb Area, New Glarus, Verona Area school districts to jointly hold candidate forum

Announced by Mount Horeb Area School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Salerno, seven candidates (5 Democrats and 2 Republicans) that are on the August 9th primary ballot for the 80th Assembly District have been invited to participate and answer questions regarding K-12 education.

Great job by these school districts to make this event happen! The forum is slated for Monday, July 25, 2022, from 6:00-7:30 at Mount Horeb High School’s cafeteria. (more…)

President signs bipartisan school and gun safety package

From ABC News: “President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the gun safety package passed by Congress this week.

“The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act broke a nearly 30-year stalemate on Capitol Hill, becoming the first major piece of federal gun reform to clear both chambers since the Brady bill.

“A bipartisan group of senators began crafting the legislation in the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 young children and two teachers dead. (more…)

Niehaus selected to study committee on shared school district services

The committee members for the 2022 Legislative Council Study Committee on Shared School District Services have been announced including WASB Member Services Director Ben Niehaus. As a former superintendent and administrator in northern Wisconsin, Ben has a great deal of experience utilizing shared service agreements including serving as a shared superintendent for two school districts. We are appreciative that he was selected to serve and will be able to share his experiences with the committee.

To help Ben prepare for his role, we are asking school leaders to share some examples of areas where you are already cooperating and sharing services with other school districts. We feel it is important for lawmakers to know to what extent this is already happening. If you are willing to share, please email Ben at bniehaus@wasb.org. (more…)

MU Law Poll: Majority satisfied with public schools, support increased school funding

The newest Marquette Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin on Apr. 27 and featured an array of questions on various topics including approval numbers for various federal and state elected officials.

On the K-12 front, questions were asked about satisfaction with public schools, school funding support and taxpayer-subsidized private school voucher expansion.

The first question again showed the public’s strong satisfaction level with their community’s public schools with 63% very satisfied/satisfied vs. 32% dissatisfied/very dissatisfied: (more…)

Kooyenga, Brostoff not running for reelection

GOP state Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) has changed his mind and will not seek reelection to his state Senate seat. Kooyenga had originally announced he was not going to run for reelection after he was drawn out of his district under Gov. Evers’ redistricting maps but then indicated to WisPolitics.com he was going to run for reelection after those maps were thrown out and the GOP legislature’s maps were put in place. (more…)