Specific details of Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Package are becoming available. We anticipate that copies of the six bills that comprise the package will be posted on the Legislature’s website by tomorrow (Friday, March 16) afternoon, once the paper ballot vote in each house on introducing the package of six bills has been tallied.
The heart of the package is the creation of a $100 million grant program, to be administered by a new Office of School Safety within the state Department of Justice (DOJ). The director of this new office would be appointed by the Attorney General. The office would award grants to improve school safety to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. Although the money would be provided in the 2017-18 fiscal year, it would be provided under a continuing appropriation, so that any money that was not spent during the that period would carry over.
Continue reading Details of Governor’s Special Session school safety package emerge
Legislative procedure can be complicated, and its intricacies can have a big impact on what gets passed–or not passed. Take Gov. Walker’s call for a legislative Special Session to address school safety, for example. Although the governor has met with legislative leaders from his own party in both houses of the Legislature, it is becoming clear that the two houses do not share a common plan of action and likely do not even agree on what a final package on school safety should look like. Continue reading Governor’s school safety plan may face procedural hurdles in Legislature
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards applauds the school safety legislative package announced today by Gov. Walker that represents a significant state investment of $100 million to help keep our students safe. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the governor’s office on the development of this proposal.
While we will conduct further review of all the details, creating an Office of School Safety at the Department of Justice should be a great resource for school districts. We also support the inclusion of preventative initiatives and intervention-related training in the comprehensive package, rather than just measures to improve school facilities.
It is our hope that this package, which includes similar provisions to State Superintendent Tony Evers and legislative Democrat school safety proposals, garners bipartisan support from the state Legislature.
From the governor’s office press release:
MADISON—Governor Scott Walker today called for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass his comprehensive School Safety Plan.
“No child, parent, or teacher should ever have to feel unsafe in school,” said Governor Walker. “This package of bills focuses on ways we can help schools be safe, just like we did at the federal level ensuring that every airport and airplane were safe after 9/11. The same thing needs to be true for our schools all across the State of Wisconsin. We are putting $100 million behind this plan.” Continue reading Gov. Walker announces $100 million school safety package; calls for special session of the legislature
As we await the release of a proposal on school safety from Governor Walker and legislative leaders, there is disagreement between the Senate and Assembly GOP majorities on how to take up school safety legislation. The gist of it is this: if the school safety legislation is taken up in a special session, that is the only legislation that can be debated. If it is taken up as a part of the ongoing regular session, any other bills that are still alive can also be taken up at the same time. Continue reading Update on legislative action on school safety
Governor Scott Walker will sign Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), into law Monday morning (March 12) at Riverdale High School in Muscoda. The bill signing ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.
The bill increases the payments to each school district eligible for sparsity aid from $300 per pupil to $400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018−19 school year.
The bill also increases the low revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, and increases the revenue ceiling by $100 per pupil each school year thereafter until it reaches $9,800 per pupil in the 2022-23 school year.
Extra: Map Showing School Districts Eligible for Increased Sparsity Aid and/or Low Revenue Ceiling Relief under AB 835
The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session. However, before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate. Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.
Bills the WASB Supports: Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20