Legislative Session 2017-18

Brenda Warren
Thank you for your interest in the information we have posted regarding the 2017-18 Legislative Session and how legislation will impact our school district.

As the elected body representing the children, parents, and members of the Green Bay community, it is our obligation to share all legislative proposals that will positively or negatively impact our efforts to educate every child in our district to be college, career, and community ready.

Thank you for your interest in and support of Green Bay Area Public Schools.

Brenda Warren

President, Board of Education

April 21, 2017, Joint Finance Committee Hearing - District Testimony

June 15, 2017, Assembly Bill 282 and 268 - District Testimony

June 20, 2017, Letter to Representatives regarding K-12 Education Funding

June 20, 2017, Letter to Senators regarding K-12 Education Funding

June 20, 2017, Letter in opposition to Senate Bill 169

July 11, 2017, Letter to Senators regarding Medicaid Funding

July 12, 2017, Letter to Joint Committee on Finance regarding Statewide Voucher Program

Bills Currently Watching

A package of six bills to that would significantly change a school district's ability to go to referendum. The bills would:

  • Eliminate recurring operational referendums (those that have no end date) and cap all non-recurring referendums to five years. Districts that had recurring operational referendums, would have them retroactively ended at five years.
  • Should a district successfully pass an operational referendum, the district's state aid would be reduced by an amount equal to 20% of the amount of the operational referendum. 
  • Limits when district's can go to referendum to only spring and fall elections. The bill would also prohibit school districts from bringing a failed referendum back before taxpayers for at least one year.
  • Limit when school districts can decide to go to referendum. A school board could vote on an operating referendum only during a regularly scheduled board meeting, and on a debt issue only at the annual meeting where the tax levy is set.
  • Require districts to disclose the costs of debt services and interest payments on any debt issue.
  • Provide a 50% match for district funds placed in a long-term capital improvement trust fund, so called Fund 46, to encourage cash financing of maintenance and construction projects.
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