Assembly Education Committee Schedules Vote & Public Hearing

The Assembly Education Committee will hold an executive session (committee vote to recommend bills to the full assembly) followed by a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Thursday, January 14, 2016
1:45 PM
417 North (GAR Hall)

Assembly Bill 581

Relating to: licenses to teach vocational education subjects.

By Representatives Knodl, Horlacher, Hutton, Kremer, Kuglitsch, T. Larson, A. Ott, Rodriguez, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Weatherston, Czaja and Macco; cosponsored by Senators Darling, Kapenga, Stroebel, L. Taylor, Vukmir and Gudex.

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

Assembly Bill 517

Relating to: reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events and granting rule-making authority.

By Representatives Jagler, J. Ott, Sanfelippo, Murphy, Loudenbeck, Quinn, R. Brooks, Tittl, Allen, Vorpagel, Weatherston, Hutton, Knodl, Tranel, Ripp, Kerkman, Brandtjen, Nygren, T. Larson, Petersen, Born, Ballweg, E. Brooks, Gannon and Nerison; cosponsored by Senators Wanggaard and Darling.

WASB testified in opposition to this proposal at the public hearing 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.

Assembly Bill 602

Relating to: accrediting entities for private schools participating in a parental choice program or the Special Needs Scholarship program.

By Representatives Katsma, Schraa, Thiesfeldt, Kremer, Kooyenga, Vorpagel, A. Ott, Knudson, Murphy, Knodl, Brandtjen, Hutton and Bernier; cosponsored by Senators Kapenga, Vukmir, LeMahieu, Stroebel, Darling and Nass.

Immediately following the Executive Session, a Public Hearing on the following bills:

Assembly Bill 488

Relating to: requiring an evaluation by a local educational agency of whether a pupil with an extended absence from school is a child with a disability.

By Representatives Mason, Berceau, Bowen, Hintz, Meyers, Milroy, Sinicki and C. Taylor; cosponsored by Senator Wirch.

Assembly Bill 664

Relating to: mental health services in schools.

By Representatives Kitchens, Tittl, VanderMeer, Ballweg, R. Brooks, Duchow, Horlacher, Knudson, Krug, Kulp, Murphy, Novak, A. Ott, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Vorpagel and E. Brooks; cosponsored by Senators LeMahieu, Olsen, Harsdorf, Bewley, Lassa and Marklein.

Assembly Bill 665

Relating to: grants for participation in robotics competitions and making an appropriation.

By Representatives Neylon, Thiesfeldt, Born, Hintz, Brostoff, Rohrkaste, Ripp, Edming, Skowronski, T. Larson, Rodriguez, Stuck, Sinicki, Zepnick and Goyke; cosponsored by Senators Nass, Gudex, Wanggaard, Harsdorf and Roth.

WASB staff is still reviewing these bills and will provide our analysis in a subsequent post.

***Additionally, the Senate Economic Development and Commerce Committee is holding a public hearing today on the Senate companion to AB 581:

Monday, January 11, 2016
2:00 PM
300 Southeast

Senate Bill 449

Relating to: licenses to teach vocational education subjects.

By Senators Darling, Kapenga, Stroebel, L. Taylor, Vukmir and Gudex; cosponsored by Representatives Knodl, Horlacher, Hutton, Kremer, Kuglitsch, T. Larson, A. Ott, Rodriguez, Sanfelippo, Skowronski and Weatherston.