Rep Pope: GOP bill seeks to undermine state superintendent and voters

MADISON, Wis. – Earlier today, GOP legislators released the co-sponsorship memo for LRB-2972/2 which makes a number of constitutional changes to statewide elected offices including the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Notably, the bill would change the method for how this office is chosen from a statewide election to a gubernatorial appointment. Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb), the ranking member of the Assembly Committee on Education, responded: “This bill is a continuation of the GOP’s pattern of being sore losers. When Governor Evers defeated their governor, they stripped away as many of his powers as they could and are obsessed

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WHEDA: Announces awards for Innovation Housing Tax Credits

MADISON – The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) today announced 9% federal housing tax awards for its 2021 Innovation Housing Tax Credit program. Woodside Prairie, a 32-unit supportive housing development in Grafton and The Shield, a 44-unit supportive housing development in Madison, will each receive a tax credit award of $800,000. The Innovation Housing Tax Credit set aside was created as part of WHEDA’s 2021-2022 Qualified Allocation Plan for administering federal and state tax credits that help finance low- to moderate-income housing. Developers with innovative affordable housing projects designed to spark community revitalization and promote resident well-being were urged to apply

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WILL: Works with lawmakers to advance transparency bills to Gov. Evers

The News: The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed two transparency bills, supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), that provide citizens with fresh access to public school curriculum material and financial information. These bills now move to Governor Evers for the opportunity to be signed into law. Why WILL Supports Public School Spending Transparency (SB373 / AB378): Before citizens can know what is working at the school and district-level they need the proper tools. The first step is accessible, uniform information on public school district spending. Wisconsin’s current system does not provide enough transparency on public school spending. It

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Federation for Children: New toolkits empower parents to become education advocates

Milwaukee, Wisc. September 28, 2021 – Ahead of its 11th Annual National Policy Summit in Milwaukee this week on September 29th and 30th, 2021, Wisconsin Federation for Children is proud to announce a new website featuring educational advocacy toolkits for parents and community leaders. The toolkits provide parents with in-depth information on topics including: communicating with legislators, working with the media, using social media, influencing policy and organizing in the community. Visitors can watch short videos, get action alerts, find their legislators, read how-to guides and submit op-eds, letters to the editor and press releases directly to the news outlets of their choosing. “We believe

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Coalition of Milwaukee community organizations: Calls on Mayor Barrett and Milwaukee Health Department to issue a new health order including a citywide indoor mask mandate

MILWAUKEE – A coalition of Milwaukee community organizations issued the following joint statement today calling on Mayor Tom Barrett to direct his health commissioner to immediately issue a new Moving Milwaukee Forward health order and a citywide indoor mask mandate: “We undersigned organizations call on Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Health Department to issue a new health order immediately and implement an indoor mask mandate in the City of Milwaukee. This action is long past due with COVID-19 numbers steadily above extreme transmission levels in our city and around the state. The safety of our communities and our children

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UW-Madison: Posse Foundation honors Chancellor Blank

MADISON — UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will be honored as a “Posse Star” — a leader in education — at The Posse Foundation’s annual gala tonight, Sept. 29, in New York City. Each year, the foundation honors Posse partners who exhibit leadership, make a significant contribution in the field of education, and positively affect people’s lives. They are leaders in their respective fields, presidents and chancellors of Posse partner colleges and universities, and Posse alumni. Lesley Stahl, a CBS news correspondent, will preside at the 2021 gala, which raises money to help public high school students with extraordinary leadership potential.

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Rep Pope: GOP bill seeks to undermine state superintendent and voters

MADISON, Wis. – Earlier today, GOP legislators released the co-sponsorship memo for LRB-2972/2 which makes a number of constitutional changes to statewide elected offices including the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Notably, the bill would change the method for how this office is chosen from a statewide election to a

Read More »

WHEDA: Announces awards for Innovation Housing Tax Credits

MADISON – The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) today announced 9% federal housing tax awards for its 2021 Innovation Housing Tax Credit program. Woodside Prairie, a 32-unit supportive housing development in Grafton and The Shield, a 44-unit supportive housing development in Madison, will each receive a tax credit award

Read More »

WILL: Works with lawmakers to advance transparency bills to Gov. Evers

The News: The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed two transparency bills, supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), that provide citizens with fresh access to public school curriculum material and financial information. These bills now move to Governor Evers for the opportunity to be signed into law.

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Federation for Children: New toolkits empower parents to become education advocates

Milwaukee, Wisc. September 28, 2021 – Ahead of its 11th Annual National Policy Summit in Milwaukee this week on September 29th and 30th, 2021, Wisconsin Federation for Children is proud to announce a new website featuring educational advocacy toolkits for parents and community leaders. The toolkits provide parents with in-depth information on topics including: communicating

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Coalition of Milwaukee community organizations: Calls on Mayor Barrett and Milwaukee Health Department to issue a new health order including a citywide indoor mask mandate

MILWAUKEE – A coalition of Milwaukee community organizations issued the following joint statement today calling on Mayor Tom Barrett to direct his health commissioner to immediately issue a new Moving Milwaukee Forward health order and a citywide indoor mask mandate: “We undersigned organizations call on Mayor Tom Barrett and the

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UW-Madison: Posse Foundation honors Chancellor Blank

MADISON — UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will be honored as a “Posse Star” — a leader in education — at The Posse Foundation’s annual gala tonight, Sept. 29, in New York City. Each year, the foundation honors Posse partners who exhibit leadership, make a significant contribution in the field of

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