Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Legislative
July 12, 2004
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Legislative Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Shwaw Vang at 6:04 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Board Members Carol Carstensen, Bill Clingan, Shwaw Vang

Citizen Members Erica Rosch and Tim Saterfield

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Keys, Juan José López, Ruth Robarts, Johnny Winston, Jr.


STAFF PRESENT: Mary Gulbrandsen, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Ann Wilson-Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Clingan and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the minutes of the Legislative Committee meeting dated December 16, 2003. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

Don Severson submitted written comments about and urged careful consideration of the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Educational Excellence (a copy is attached to original of these minutes).

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Governor Doyle's Educational Excellence Task Force Recommendations

Joe Quick introduced Barbara Arnold, former Board of Education member and President of the Board of Education, who recently served as a member of the Governor's Educational Excellence Task Force. Written information was provided and is attached to the original of these minutes: Legislative News Update 7/1/04, "The QEO: Unforeseen Consequences" and "Summary of Task Force Final Recommendations." Ms. Arnold made some general comments in order to leave some meeting time for questions and answers. She noted her service on the Task Force gave her a sincere appreciation for challenges faced across the state. Members of the Task Force reflected a broad spectrum of representation. The Task Force was challenged by the chair's decision that the method of decision-making would be coming to consensus. And, the Task Force tried to focus its time and attention on issues of educational improvement rather than financial improvement.

In response to questions, Ms. Arnold noted the Governor has accepted the Task Force's recommendations and hopes to hear about them from school boards across the state. She felt it is likely a good number of the recommendations may be included in the Governor's budget recommendation, and that the Madison legislative delegation is likely to be very supportive.

Joe Quick thanked Barbara Arnold for her service on the Task Force and for her willingness to talk with staff in our district about key issues, sharing our recommendations with the Task Force, and sharing the discussion of the Task Force with the district.

5. Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Joe Quick reported that TABOR, or the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, is tabled for now. The Governor has twice vetoed a property tax freeze and both times that was sustained. A broad cross section of groups are in opposition and would be adversely affected - all education, all local government, social service agencies, religious community. A supportive coalition is still meeting and trying to position for more thoughtful discussion of taxing and spending in Wisconsin. It will probably be included in legislative campaigns in the fall and when the Legislature reconvenes.

6. Other Business

There was no other business.

7. Adjournment

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Bill Clingan to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.