American Federation for Children

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
To advocate for parental options in education that empowers low and middle-income families to make choices in where they send their children to school.

Lobbying Interests:
Education, policy issues facing the state legislature in particular issues related to public and private school choice options and related issues affecting delivery of education in state, such as taxation.

Title:
Government Affairs Director

Contact
JN
Jonathan Nikkila
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 280-1990
(202) 280-1989
Jnikkila@FederationforChildren.org
www.FederationforChildren.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Brian Pleva Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/7/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Thomas Fonfara Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 2/16/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Robert Seitz Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 2/16/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Scott Jensen Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 4/12/2011 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 37
Assembly Bill 37
Relating to: authorizing the City of Milwaukee to sell city-owned property used for school purposes.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/3/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 51
Assembly Bill 51
Relating to: creating a Charter School Authorizing Board, providing additional charter school authorizers, eliminating the limit on the number of pupils who may attend virtual charter schools, modifying teacher licensure requirements, eliminating the limit...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/21/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 92
Assembly Bill 92
Relating to: eliminating the enrollment cap for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and extending the program to permit private schools located in Milwaukee County to participate.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/13/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 94
Assembly Bill 94
Relating to: the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/18/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 110
Assembly Bill 110
Relating to: creating the Special Needs Scholarship Program for disabled pupils, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 314
Assembly Bill 314
Relating to: closing the parental choice program for eligible school districts to additional school districts.

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
11/18/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 324
Assembly Bill 324
Relating to: preaccreditation and accreditation of private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the choice program for eligible school districts, certificates of occupancy for participating private school buildings, verificati...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/14/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 466
Assembly Bill 466
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/12/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 2
Senate Bill 2
Relating to: changes to timing of application process under the open enrollment program.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 114

For
Notification Date
2/26/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 20
Senate Bill 20
Relating to: authorizing the City of Milwaukee to sell city-owned property used for school purposes.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 17

For
Notification Date
2/26/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 22
Senate Bill 22
Relating to: creating a Charter School Authorizing Board, providing additional charter school authorizers, eliminating the limit on the number of pupils who may attend virtual charter schools, modifying teacher licensure requirements, eliminating the limit...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/26/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
For
Notification Date
2/26/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Comments
We support the bill and substitute amendment, as amended by Senate Amendments 8 & 9.
Senate Bill 69
Senate Bill 69
Relating to: creating a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for tuition expenses paid for dependents who attend private elementary and secondary schools.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 174
Senate Bill 174
Relating to: closing the parental choice program for eligible school districts to additional school districts.

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 215

None
Notification Date
11/18/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 234
Senate Bill 234
Relating to: preaccreditation and accreditation of private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the choice program for eligible school districts, certificates of occupancy for participating private school buildings, verificati...

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 47

For
Notification Date
10/14/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 364
Senate Bill 364
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/11/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 486
Senate Bill 486
Relating to: creating the Special Needs Scholarship Program for disabled pupils, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/20/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Budget Bill Subjects

Public Instruction: Choice and Charter
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Instruction: Choice and Charter

Notification Date
3/8/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Wisconsin ESEA Waiver Proposal
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Wisconsin ESEA Waiver Proposal

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
2/7/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Creation of a Wisconsin Special Needs Scholarship.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Creation of a Wisconsin Special Needs Scholarship.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
2/24/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

The strengthening and expansion of parental education options in Milwaukee and elsewhere in Wisconsin.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
The strengthening and expansion of parental education options in Milwaukee and elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
1/27/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2011
January - June
$56,659.16
2011
July - December
$66,780.49
2012
January - June
$39,374.46
2012
July - December
$6,799.63
Total $169,613.74
Total Hours Communicating 2011
January - June
331.60
2011
July - December
149.50
2012
January - June
143.50
2012
July - December
40.00
Total 664.60
Total Hours Other 2011
January - June
474.90
2011
July - December
180.50
2012
January - June
143.00
2012
July - December
3.00
Total 801.40

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: creating a Charter School Authorizing Board, providing additional charter school authorizers, eliminating the limit on the number of pupils who may attend virtual charter schools, modifying teacher licensure requirements, eliminating the limit on the reduction in general school aid used to fund independent charter schools, covering certain charter school employees under the Group Insurance Board health coverage plan for local government employees, allowing a charter school to elect to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
1 %
2011
July - December
16 %
2012
January - June
3 %
2012
July - December
Total 5 %
Relating to: eliminating the enrollment cap for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and extending the program to permit private schools located in Milwaukee County to participate.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
1 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
1 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: changes to timing of application process under the open enrollment program.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2 %
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: creating the Special Needs Scholarship Program for disabled pupils, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
18 %
2011
July - December
44 %
2012
January - June
73 %
2012
July - December
Total 34 %
Relating to: closing the parental choice program for eligible school districts to additional school districts.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
3 %
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: closing the parental choice program for eligible school districts to additional school districts.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
1 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: preaccreditation and accreditation of private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the choice program for eligible school districts, certificates of occupancy for participating private school buildings, verification of income eligibility for pupils to participate in the programs, fees and tuition charged to pupils attending participating private schools, and standards of conduct for administrators of participating private schools.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: preaccreditation and accreditation of private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the choice program for eligible school districts, certificates of occupancy for participating private school buildings, verification of income eligibility for pupils to participate in the programs, fees and tuition charged to pupils attending participating private schools, and standards of conduct for administrators of participating private schools.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
6 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: creating a Charter School Authorizing Board, providing additional charter school authorizers, eliminating the limit on the number of pupils who may attend virtual charter schools, modifying teacher licensure requirements, eliminating the limit on the reduction in general school aid used to fund independent charter schools, covering certain charter school employees under the Group Insurance Board health coverage plan for local government employees, allowing a charter school to elect to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
17 %
2012
January - June
1 %
2012
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
1 %
2012
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: creating the Special Needs Scholarship Program for disabled pupils, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
16 %
2012
July - December
Total 3 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
30 %
2011
July - December
2 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 17 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
11 %
2011
July - December
10 %
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
84 %
Total 11 %
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
35 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
16 %
Total 20 %
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
3 %
2012
July - December
Total < 1%

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
1 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total < 1%

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures