Speaker Vos Creates Bipartisan Task Forces on Urban Education, Youth Workforce Readiness

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has announced the formation of bipartisan task forces two of which are related to K-12 education: the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education; and the Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness.

According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force is to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly. Each task force has an Assembly Republican chair and an Assembly Democratic vice chair. The Speaker has asked the chairs to tap into the knowledge of community experts and those affected in the individual issue areas. The committees will begin this summer with the hope to complete work before the end of session. The task forces will travel around Wisconsin obtaining input and innovative ideas in order to compile recommendations.

Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education 

Wisconsin’s urban school districts have unique challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of their students. The goal of the task force is to provide tangible solutions to help improve educational outcomes. Task force members will study teacher recruitment and retention, discuss best practices to address truancy, below-average academic performance and low graduation rates, and explore ways to improve access to technology in high poverty urban areas.The task force plans to meet in four of our largest urban areas, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Kenosha/Racine, with the first meeting likely to be scheduled for late September. (Location to be determined.)

Rep. Rodriguez Press Release

Members of Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), Chair
Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), Vice Chair
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin)
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac)
Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia)
Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma)
Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha)
Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Wausau)
Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview)
Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse)
Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay)
Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee)

Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness

Wisconsin is one of the top states for manufacturing in the country. Despite our efforts to bridge the skills gap in the past few years, there are manufacturing positions that remain unfilled. The task force will come up with new strategies to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue careers in the trades, manufacturing industry and technical fields. Members will explore ways to improve collaboration between schools, technical colleges and local employers; increase awareness of apprenticeships and internships in these fields; and examine future industry needs and challenges facing our state.

Rep. Kulp Press Release

Members of Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness
Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), Chair
Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), Vice Chair
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton)
Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere)
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva)
Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield)
Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander)
Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine)
Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit)