“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary chaired by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured):

Assembly Judiciary Committee
Thursday, January 11, 2018
9:00 AM
North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North) 

The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions.  See our previous post on the bill for more information on the bill.  

To be clear, all teachers deserve to teach in a safe environment and we appreciate the good intentions behind this bill.  That being said, this bill upsets the administrative chain of command in school districts by allowing teachers to unilaterally suspend and remove students from class without having to adhere to school board disciplinary policies, school district behavioral intervention plans, a student’s individual educational plan or a student’s service plan.

WASB Resolution 3.80 on Removal of Students from Class states: the WASB opposes legislation authorizing a teacher to remove a student from the classroom without the approval of principals, administrators or school board policies.

Under the bill teachers could override a building principal’s decision to return a student to class. The bill would also inject school boards into decisions about student suspensions that  customarily have been delegated to principals and district administrators by allowing teachers to petition the school board to schedule a suspension hearing before the school board if the teacher’s written request that a pupil be suspended has been denied.

We also have concerns with the additional reporting mandates in the bill as well as pupil record privacy issues the bill would create. 

All of the major public education advocacy groups and advocates for students with disabilities oppose this bill.