2020 Wins and Activities

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SWSA School Leaders Testify at the Assembly Education Committee on June 24, 2020 to Share Challenges for Reopening Schools

SWSA was invited to testify at an invitational only hearing to discuss the challenges facing districts as they are working hard to reopen schools in the fall.

Lisa Olson (Superintendent Whitnall), Lisa Elliott (Superintendent Greenfield), Jeff Weiss (Superintendent South Milwaukee) and Blaise Paul (Dir. of Business Services, South Milwaukee) provided testimony to the assembly committee members.  Their testimony can be found below.

Whitnall Testimony for Assembly Hearing June 24, 2020

Greenfield Educ_Comm_Testimony

Director of Bus. Services, South Milwaukee Comments for 6.24.20 Testimony

South Milwaukee 6.24.2020 Testimony

Vos Phillips

SWSA Hosts Speaker Vos at March 10, 2020 Membership Meeting

Speaker Vos spent 90 minutes with the SWSA Membership on March 10, 2020.   We spent a great deal of time discussing his vision for public education in Wisconsin, school funding and how schools are supporting community needs.

In addition, several districts shared their stories focusing on specific legislative issues including:

  • Special Education (Whitefish Bay and Glendale River Hills)
  • Mental Health (Elmbrook)
  • Early Childhood (Greenfield)

SWSA looks forward to continuing the conversation in several of these specific issue areas during the biennial budget.

governor evers press conference 2-7-2020

SWSA Participates in Governor Evers' Press Conference as he announces Budget Surplus Proposal to support Education

A team from the SWSA comprised of Dr. Bryan Davis, Superintendent of Shorewood, Chris Thiel, Legislative Liaison for MPS, Dr. Keith Posley, Superintendent of MPS, and Terri Phillips joined Governor Evers as he announced a significant proposal to support education utilizing budget surplus dollars.

Governor Evers has asked Wisconsin lawmakers to consider a $250M plan to strengthen public education funding.  SWSA applauds the governor's leadership!

Governor Evers is recommending:

  • $130 million to restore state funding of public schools to 2/3; this will also provide a property tax cut for Wisconsin residents!
  • $84 million in support of special education
  • $23 million to improve and expand mental health services
  • $10.1 million in sparsity aid payments for smaller, rural schools

SWSA is advocating for this proposal and members are sharing their stories of how this proposal will positively impact their children and communities.