Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Legislative
October 17, 2005
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Legislative Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Ruth Robarts at 6:15 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Board Members Juan José López, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang

Citizen Members Erica Laughlin and Tim Saterfield


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Johnny Winston, Jr., Student Representative Connor Gants

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Barbara Lehman-Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Erica Laughlin and seconded by Tim Saterfield to approve the minutes of the Legislative Committee meeting dated February 28, 2005 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools' presentation on School Funding Reform

(Packets included presentation materials from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Thomas Beebe, Outreach Specialist with the Institute for Wisconsin's Future, described the Institute and how they are funded, the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES), how school districts around the state are suffering from the annual budget cuts due to revenue caps and inadequate state funding, and how school funding reform is needed to bring everyone to adequacy. He wanted the Madison School District to join the WAES. He added that legislative change would only happen if it comes from the communities around the state and they are talking to as many people as they can. The right amount of money is needed for special needs students, more local control, and property tax relief.

Discussion: Draft bill currently in the legislature has been signed by 29 legislators. Some organizations will not talk Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, the Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce, etc. Political climate of the current legislature. Delaying a vote until the Parent/Teacher Organizations are heard from then putting the issue back on the agenda. Campaign issues in the next cycle.

It was moved by Juan José López and seconded by Tim Saterfield that the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Madison Board of Education join the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.

Discussion: No financial support needed at this time. Mr. Beebe stated that joining the organization means becoming a partner and backing the core principles as presented. There is a need for a united front and showing leadership on how to fund schools giving all children the same resources.

Motion unanimously carried.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Tim Saterfield and seconded by Juan José López to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.