Government Relations Committee

Welcome to WSCA Advocacy

The WSCA Board of Directors believes school counselors are visionary leaders who impact the state and national agenda surrounding education and student success. WCSA works at the state level through Afternoon on the Hill and our partnerships with the Department of Public Instruction.

ONE VISION: ONE VOICE

The Government Relations Committee is committed to providing members with up-to-date information regarding state and federal legislation that affects school counselors in our state. This site allows WSCA members to learn about pending bills, find out who represents them in the Wisconsin legislature and Washington, DC, and gain access to web pages that track legislation.

The committee encourages all members to advocate for Wisconsin’s children and the school counseling profession by actively engaging in the political process.

2023-2025 Biennial Budget

WSCA encourages school counselors to review the DPI budget proposal and support increases in per pupil and categorial aidspecial education reimbursements, and mental health funding in schools. 

If we focus solely on mental health funding and there are no other state increases in education revenues, our schools will have to cut more services to our students, which will make our work of supporting students even more challenging. 

Learn more about the education budget proposal on the DPI website.

Scroll down to the Afternoon on the Hill Resources for information and resources to help you connect with your elected officials about the state budget!  Senators and Representatives value YOUR voices and stories of how education funding impacts your students. 

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Upcoming Advocacy Events

WSCA’s Afternoon on the Hill continues to be a cornerstone of our association’s year.

  • In-Person Afternoon on the Hill
    • When: November 1, 2023  | 1:00-6:00
    • Where: Charter Bus from Kalahari (Wisconsin Dells) to Capital
Register for In-Person Afternoon on the Hill (Conference Registration)
  • Virtual Afternoon on the Hill
    • When: April 19, 2024 | 12:30-4:30
    • Where: Zoom

Advance registration is required to ensure we have time to schedule meetings with your legislators.  

Come learn how to effectively advocate for the profession you love and put it to practice under the virtual dome! The event will begin with a discussion of effective strategies for meeting with our elected representatives in the WI Legislature and propose some key issues and talking points for your meetings. We will arrange your individual or small group meetings with your Senator and Representative!

Afternoon on the Hill Resources

Committee Information

If you would like to serve on the Government Affairs Committee and/or be added to our growing statewide network of school counselors who would be willing to reach out to their elected officials in the future, please contact us right away at govrelations@wscaweb.org. Thank you for your time and best wishes for a rewarding school year.

Cydney Martin

WSCA Government Relations Directors

govrelations@wscaweb.org