Education Action Alert: School leaders call for action before Assembly vote this week

[A courtesy announcement from our friends at Wisconsin Pubic Education Network]

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools,

After reading the latest action alerts today from our friends at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the School Administrators Alliance, I thought it best to put out one more call to action before everyone heads to the polls on Tuesday while the Assembly takes to the floor for debate and final votes of the session.  Many of these items relate to public schools, and will be voted on before the Assembly adjourns for the session this week.

WASB has posted this really helpful list of all the education-related bills that are on the Assembly agenda for tomorrow, including AB 751, which was passed with a non-germane amendment which "would reduce the revenue limit authority of the 142 public school districts that currently have resident pupils participating in the statewide and Racine voucher programs by $14.2 million annually. This revenue limit authority protects the affected school districts against the loss of state aid that follows resident pupils to the voucher school."

SAA has put out a priority action alert, writing:

it is extremely important to our efforts at stopping this bill that Assembly Representatives feel very uncomfortable over this vote.  Therefore, I’m asking you to contact your Assembly Representatives one more time on this issue.

Once again, here is the bottom line on AB 751 as amended: if your district has resident students in the statewide or Racine voucher programs, under this amendment, you will lose revenue limit authority and you will likely have to pay for your voucher students by reducing educational opportunities for the children that remain in your district.

WEAC has also outlined the impacts of this bill, and launched a Cyberlobby effort to make it easy for educators and other public school advocates to take action on this important issue.

School leaders, board members, and educators all over the state are sending letters and making phone calls to their Assembly reps to send a simple message:

  • Any change to the funding formula for Wisconsin schools deserves a fair hearing and full analysis by experts and school officials.
  • Funding private school tuition vouchers by taking money out of public school classrooms betrays the promise legislators made last summer that the voucher expansion would not hurt public school children.
  • Legislators should follow their own rules and reject any non-germane amendments that change the intent of a bill. If legislators propose NEW amendments  on the floor, these should not be passed without opportunity to be fully vetted by those who know and care most about our schools, and those who know best what their fiscal impact will be on districts and taxpayers.

Let's make sure the voices of parents, business leaders, and other community members are also heard at the Capitol!  When we all stand together to support our schools, we can make a difference!

 

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Forum on Islam

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Grassroots Tosa sponsored a Forum on the Religion of Islam at the Wauwatosa Library.  Ms. Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, explained the history and principles of Islam and its role in the world today.  Close to 200 people attended.

Below is a link to the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition website.

www.mmwconline.org

And here is a link to an article about the forum:

http://www.wauwatosanow.com/news/almost-200-people-gather-for-lecture-on-islam-on-nov-19-in-wauwatosa-b99622577z1-353206641.html

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Grassroots Tosa Endorsements for April 7 election

Grassroots Tosa has the following recommendations for the April 7 Elections

Supreme Court Justice: Ann Walsh Bradley

Supreme Court Referendum: Vote NO

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors: Eddie Cullen

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Vote No on Supreme Court Referendum

Be sure to examine your ballot to find the referendum regarding he selection of the State Supreme Court Justice.

This referendum is a naked attempt to overturn decades of tradition and enhance extremist influence on the Supreme Court. It is a direct attack on Shirley Abrahamson, who, by virtue of her devotion to the rule of law, is detested by those who think the Supreme Court should serve the rule of politics -- THEIR politics.

The extreme right wing has managed to capture the legislature and the governorship. WE can't let them dominate the third branch of government, as well.

Vote NO!!

Read Bert Brandenburg's Proposed amendment would take power from the people in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Grassroot Tosa Endorses Eddie Cullen for County Supervisor

Based on his responses to our candidate questionnaire, GRT is endorsing Eddie Cullen for County Supervisor.

Eddie Cullen represents the progressive values we need in our county government. 

You can read more about Eddie at his website.

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2015-17 Budget at a Glance

Gov. Walker’s fiscally irresponsible “Cut and Borrow” policies are preventing economic growth and holding Wisconsin families back. With a self-inflicted $2.2 billion budget deficit, a lagging economy and stagnant family wages, we need more effective solutions to invest in our communities and build a brighter future.

 As we work to responsibly balance the state budget, Democrats want to put Wisconsin families first and increase economic opportunities by strengthening our schools, investing in infrastructure and creating quality jobs.

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Justice Bradley yard signs available

We need to keep Ann Walsh Bradley on the Supreme Court!

I have yard signs. Let me know if you'd like one (or more).

You can contact me at greg@chojnacki.us

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Elect Ann Walsh Bradley to the Supreme Court April 7

Will it be their dollars or our votes?

We're counting on progressive Tosans to vote for Ann Walsh Bradley of course, but we need something more:

Make sure your family, friends and neighbors vote, too!

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In-person absentee voting begins Monday, March 23

People wishing to vote in person by absentee ballot for the April 7th Spring Election may do so between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. the weeks of March 23-27 and March 30-April 3rd. Please note, City Hall is closed on Friday, April 3rd, but the Clerk's office will be open until 5 p.m. that day for absentee voting only.

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Joint Finance Committee public hearing March 20

The Joint Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Alverno College Pitman Theater (map).

Let them hear your voice!

 

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