Yet another change proposed to “Teacher Protection Act”

The author of the so-called “Teacher Protection Act,” state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) has introduced a simple amendment to his latest stripped-down version of the bill  (see previous post).  The amended Assembly Bill 693 is scheduled to be taken up by the full Assembly today (Feb. 22) as a special order of business.

Assembly Amendment 1 to Assembly Substitute Amendment 2 addresses some, but not all, of the concerns expressed by the WASB and by school administrators.  The amended bill is expected to pass notwithstanding the WASB’s objections.

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“Teacher Protection Act” clears committee, will get Assembly floor vote

Despite the objections of the WASB and school administrators, Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured), cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a very “stripped down” version (Assembly Substitute Amendment 2) of the original bill on a 6-3 party-line vote.  The bill will be taken up by the full Assembly on Feb. 22nd as part of the last-day-of session marathon calendar. Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” clears committee, will get Assembly floor vote

School district referendum questions uniformly approved

Voters approved all five local school referendums on the Feb. 20 ballot by comfortably large margins.

The largest request was in the Hamilton School District, in suburban Waukesha County, where voters approved the issuance of $57.4 million in bonding to construct and equip both a new intermediate school and an addition to the High School as well as related remodeling and renovations.  In addition, Hamilton district voters concurrently authorized the school board to exceed the district’s revenue limit by $1.5 million on a recurring basis to cover the costs of operating the new intermediate school. Continue reading School district referendum questions uniformly approved

Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers

The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers.  The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.

Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%.  DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith.  Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers

Primary results: Supreme Court race down to two candidates

The two candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have been set: Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet.  Attorney Tim Burns finished third and will not move on to the general election on April 3 to replace Justice Michael Gableman.

According to Wispolitics: “With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Screnock was at 246,853 votes, or 46 percent, while Dallet was at 190,908 votes, or 36 percent, according to unofficial returns collected by The Associated Press. The third candidate, Middleton attorney Tim Burns, was at 95,043 votes, or 18 percent.”

Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed

The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20 on a vote of 31-1.  Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) was the only No vote.  The state Assembly had previously passed the bill on a 91-2 vote and it now goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

Also approved by the state Senate: Continue reading Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed