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2021 Legislative Conference

Saturday, Nov. 6, 202110 Member Recognition Points Logo

(Note: No COVID-related requirements are in affect for the Legislative Conference at this time. The WASB will make a determination of any necessary protocols based on available data as the event draws nearer.) 

8:15 am   Welcome

Sue Todey, WASB president and Sevastopol School Board Member

8:30 am   Will My Referendum Pass or Fail? (Does winning a WIAA state championship trophy help?)

Recent doctoral dissertation research focused on the factors affecting the success of rural school referendums. Join the author of that research to learn about the factors and their implications for school referendums in other communities.

Rob DeMeuse, project manager, School Perceptions

9:45 am   The Looming Teacher Supply Challenge: What Can Be Done to Combat It?

Explore the findings of a recent report that delved into the threat to the teacher workforce posed by fewer education graduates. A panel of teacher preparation experts will discuss causes of the decline in teacher candidates and describe the innovative steps their schools are taking to boost the supply of teacher graduates.

  • Sara Shaw (moderator), senior researcher, Wisconsin Policy Forum
  • Kimber Wilkerson, faculty director, UW-Madison School of Education
    Teacher Education Center
  • Erin Edgington, assistant professor, UW-Platteville School of Education
  • Leah Lechleiter-Luke, teacher, Mauston School District
Franklin Photo11:00 am   What ARE They Thinking? A Closer Look at Public Opinion in Wisconsin

Examine the latest Marquette Law School Poll findings with a nationally noted pollster and political scientist. He’ll discuss the public opinion findings on K-12 education, school spending, state aid to schools, tax relief, the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the performance of our state’s top politicians, and more.

Charles Franklin, professor of law and public policy, Marquette University

Luther Olson Photo12:05 pm   Lunch with Special Guests

Featured Speaker: State Superintendent Jill Underly

Honored Guest: Former State Senator Luther Olsen

1:00 pm   Making Sense of the Political Environment for Public K-12 Education

Get special insight from a “pundit panel” of keen-eyed Capitol observers who will go beyond the headlines to discuss the political climate surrounding K-12 public education in Wisconsin. They’ll consider how COVID and the massive influx of federal relief funding changed the discussion in Madison, whether support for public K-12 education is becoming a partisan issue, and what are the prospects for public K-12 going forward in the next state budget cycle and beyond.

  • Molly Beck, state government and politics reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • JR Ross, editor,; and co-host, WisconsinEye’s “Rewind: Your Week in Review” and “Morning Minute” programs
  • Luther Olsen, former chair, Senate Education Committee; former vice chair, Joint Finance Committee; and former school board president
  • Jason Stein, research director, Wisconsin Policy Forum; and former state Capitol correspondent, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal
2:15 pm   A Look at School Funding and Other Hot Topics

Hear from the key leaders of the state Legislature’s majority party. They’ll discuss their goals and aspirations for public K-12 education.

  • Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), chair, Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection Committee; member, Joint Finance Committee; and former school board member
  • Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), chair, Assembly Education Committee
  • Rep. Robert Wittke (R-Racine), chair, Assembly Jobs and the Economy Committee; member, Assembly Education Committee; and former school board president
3:30 pm   Adjourn
Conference Location

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center  Directions
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Hotel Rate: Single: $82; Double: $109

Call 715-344-0200, press #3. Please reference the WI Assn of School Boards (Group Block Code:  WSB) to receive the conference rate.

Reserve a room online

Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Registration Information

The registration fee is $185 per participant per workshop. The fee includes the program, materials, and continental breakfast and lunch..

Deadline for registration: Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

No refunds will be given unless cancellation is received at the WASB by 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. To cancel, call 608-257-2622 or toll-free 877-705-4422.

Important Health Notice

To protect the health of attendees and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, attendees are required to adhere to the applicable guidance and/or orders by local, state and/or federal agencies in effect on the date of the conference.

In attending this event, you are agreeing to comply with these health and safety protocols, which may include the wearing of face coverings, maintaining physical distancing and other reasonable hygiene protocols.

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