Assembly Education Committee Recap

The Assembly Education Committee held a day-long hearing on several proposals yesterday at the state Capitol.  The WASB Government Relations staff and WASB members were in attendance to testify.

Assembly Bill 481 – Restrictions on referenda and other school funding mechanisms

Most of the attention went to this bill with most in attendance testifying in opposition to the bill including a strong presence from school board members and administrators.  WASB would like to thank the following school board members for their advocacy:

  • Kelly Davis, Whitewater
  • Robert Chady, Fort Atkinson (pictured)
  • Douglas Perry, South Milwaukee
  • Jeff Simpson, Monona Grove

Dan Rossmiller, WASB Government Relations Director, also testified in opposition to the bill. View the WASB testimony here.

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Assembly Bill 581 – Licenses to teach vocational education subjects

WASB testified as neutral on this bill.  We have concerns about this piecemeal approach and call for a more comprehensive look at the issue. See our testimony here.

Assembly Bill 517 – Reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events

WASB testified in opposition to this proposal raising several questions and concerns with the potential for misleading statistics and the burden on schools for complying with this unfunded mandate. View our testimony here.