WASB Testifies on Summer School Funding & Firearm Safety Curriculum Bills

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing August 3 (Watch on WI Eye) on two bills:

Assembly Bill 398, authored by Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) and sponsored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) would expand the scope of online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either a statutory graduation requirement in health education or that meet its own requirements to count toward the number of credits the school board requires for graduation.  Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meet its requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid.

The WASB supports AB 398 as it would increase summer learning opportunities for students.  See our testimony.

Assembly Bill 427, authored by Rep. Ken Skowronski  (R-Franklin) and sponsored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls), would require the state superintendent of public instruction to jointly develop a curriculum for a comprehensive firearm education course to be offered as an elective to high school pupils.   School boards would not be required to offer this class and students would not be required to take this class.  If a school district does offer such a course, the bill would require that it must be taught or supervised by an individual who demonstrates proof of training in firearms safety and would prohibit the presence or use of live ammunition in such a course.

The WASB is neutral on AB 427, as the bill is not a mandate, and testified for information only.  See our testimony.