Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/20/2017 - 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: Board Rule 2.09 - Legislative Representation
File Attachment:
Background: The Board's Legislative Policy Specialist will present an update on his report from last month.

Last month, the Legislative Policy Specialist reported that on Thursday, March 16, President Trump introduced his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which would reduce the Department of Education's funding by $9 billion, including the elimination of Title II-A funding--a total of $2.4 billion--targeted to support effective instruction and teacher training.

The President’s proposal would also eliminate funding for over 200 Community Learning Centers and after-school programs across the State of Wisconsin. After-school programs in Appleton, Boscobel, Beloit, Delavan, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Janesville, Menasha, Merrill, Sparta, Spooner, Wautoma, West-Allis, and other towns and cities would likely be shuttered under the President’s proposal.

Funding for IDEA Part B for students with disabilities is also frozen under President Trump’s proposal. Funding associated with voucher-school programs would increase by $1.25 billion.

At the state level, the budget process continues to move forward with meetings of the Joint Committee on Finance taking place at the end of March and public hearings beginning in April. The Joint Finance Committee will be holding a public hearing on April 5 at State Fair Park.

While the Governor remains committed to his proposed $200 per pupil categorical aid increase, it is not yet clear whether members of the Legislature intend to support the Governor’s proposal.
Fiscal Impact Statement: NA
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director