Bill Tracking For Week of 4/21/15

See what education-related bills are moving in the state legislature.  Included are updates on bills passing through the Assembly or Senate, bills advancing through standing committees, new bills being introduced, bill drafts being sent out to other legislators for support, and even administrative rules from state agencies. For additional information on these and other state education-related bills check out the State Bill Tracking Chart.  We will also pass on federal updates from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) when warranted.  


No Child Left Behind Rewrite Bill Advances

By unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee reported out the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), as amended. The three-day mark-up of the Senate’s legislation to modernize and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind law allowed committee members to consider and debate more than 50 amendments, with 29 adopted, 8 defeated, and 20 withdrawn. Senate floor consideration of the bill is expected in the coming weeks.

Read More: NSBA


Bills Passed by the Senate:

  • AB-056 Remedial Classes (Jagler, John (R)) University of Wisconsin System to provide reports to the Legislature and DPI regarding students needing remedial courses in English and mathematics; DPI to forward this information to school districts. Concurred in, (Voice Vote).  Already passed the Assembly, proceeds to the Governor.  

Bills Recommended by Standing Committees:

  • SB-032 Achievement Gap Reduction (Legislative Council) Replaces SAGE Program with Achievement Gap Reduction contracts requiring participating schools to implement strategies for improving academic performance of low-income pupils in reading and mathematics, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Sen. Am. 1 adoption recommended, 6-1.   Passage as amended recommended, 6-1 by Senate Committee on Education. 
  • SB-070 Off-Duty Officers Going Armed in Schools (Wanggaard, Van (R)) Allows off-duty law enforcement officers and former law enforcement officers to go armed with firearms on or near school grounds. Am. 1 adoption recommended, 3-2.   Passage as amended recommended, 3-2 by Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.  

Committee Notices:

Assembly Education, 10 am, Thu, May 7, 417-N

Executive Session on:

SB-067 School Accountability a/k/a “Data Delay/Pause”  (Farrow, Paul (R)) Use of pupil assessments for evaluation of educator effectiveness and school accountability reports.

AB-078 School Accountability a/k/a “Data Delay/Pause”  (Kitchens, Joel (R)) Use of pupil assessments for evaluation of educator effectiveness and school accountability reports.

Hearing on:

AB-172 Habitual Truancy (Genrich, Eric (D)) Method for notifying parent or guardian of habitually truant pupil.

Bills Introduced in the Senate:

  • SB-129 Accountability Reports (Harsdorf, Sheila (R)) School district accountability reports. Referred to Senate Committee on Education Reform and Government Operations
  • SB-130 Income Tax Deduction for Educators (Marklein, Howard (R)) Adopting federal law as it relates to an income tax deduction for certain educators. Referred to Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions and Rural Issues
  • SB-132 E-Cigarettes (Nass, Steve (R)) Regulating the use of vapor products in schools and day care centers. Referred to Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Bills Introduced in the Assembly:

  • AB-170 E-Cigarettes (Kleefisch, Joel (R)) Regulating the use of vapor products in schools and day care centers. Referred to Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations  

Bill Drafts Circulating for Co-sponsorship:

  • LRB-0587/1. Memo. Financial Literacy (Krug, Scott (R)) Incorporating financial literacy in public schools’ curriculum and statewide standardized examinations and requiring that it be covered during orientation programs at the University of Wisconsin System and the technical colleges. Deadline: Friday, April 24, 5 pm.

Administrative Rules:

Notice of Hearing

Public Hearing on Proposed DPI Administrative Rules To Create: Chapter PI 26 Academic and Career Planning and Education for Employment Plans and Programs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
GEF 3 Building, Room 041
125 South Webster St. Madison, WI

A copy of the proposed administrative rule is available for review at:

Written comments on the proposed rules received no later than June 3, 2015, will be given the same consideration as testimony presented at the hearing.

Emergency Rules Now in Effect

  • DPI. EmR1506. Identification of children with significant developmental delay. (July 1, 2015 – November 27, 2015)
  • DPI. EmR1507. Incorporating intellectual disability terminology and concepts. (July 1, 2015 – November 27, 2015)

Notices of Submittal of Rules to Legislature in Final Draft Form

  • DPI. CR 15-012. Changes as a result of 2013 Wisconsin Act 115.