Assembly Education Committee Hearing Update

WASB President Terry McCloskey (Three Lakes) and WASB Government Relations Specialist Chris Kulow (both pictured at left) testified yesterday before the Assembly Education Committee in support of a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession. 

Joining them in supporting the bill were three school district administrators—Chris Metras from Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Scott Sabol of Mayville and Ben Niehaus of Florence County—and Cedarburg School Board member Rick Leach, who spoke as an individual.  It was concern on the part of district administrators and local school boards that brought this matter to the WASB’s attention.

View WKOW-TV coverage of hearing

Thank you to those who testified in favor of Assembly Bill 496, which provides local discretion to suspend or begin expulsion proceedings under specific circumstances in which a student brings a firearm onto school grounds.  (See previous post.)

In addition to hearing testimony on AB 496, the Assembly Education Committee also voted to advance three bills out of committee, recommending them for passage by the full Assembly:

  • Assembly Bill 159
    Relating to: policies regulating the use of electronic smoking devices on school
    district property.
  • Assembly Bill 221
    Relating to: creating a pilot program under which certain school districts are not
    required to provide a minimum number of hours of direct pupil instruction.
  • Assembly Bill 398
    Relating to: summer school and interim session classes.