Employee TB Screening and State Aid Payment Schedule Bills Receive Public Hearing

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, held a public hearing on Aug. 24 on the following bills:

Assembly Bill 382 – This bill relates to screening school district employees for tuberculosis. The WASB worked with the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses and state Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) to develop this bill.

WASB supports this bill and believes it will safeguard student, staff and public health while reducing school district costs.  See: WASB Testimony on AB 382

Assembly Bill 471 – This bill, authored by state Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), would change the timing of state general equalization aid payments to public school districts and of state payments to operators of independent charter schools, private schools participating in a voucher program, and private schools participating in the Special Needs voucher program. Under current law, a school district receives 15% of its state general aid in September, 25% in December, 25% in March and 35% in June. Under the bill, school districts would receive their state general aid allotment in 12 equal monthly payments.

The WASB supports this bill in concept but has some questions and concerns.  See: WASB testimony on AB 471

Assembly Bill 423 –  This bill was also on the hearing agenda. Authored by state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), it expands the teacher education programs that satisfy a requirement for obtaining an initial teaching license under the DPI’s alternative teacher licensure pathway to include teacher education programs approved by the Association Montessori Internationale. Teacher education programs accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education already satisfy this requirement.

The WASB has taken no position on AB 423.