Public hearing held on Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling bill

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing on the following items on Thursday, January 25. 

Assembly Bill 835
Relating to: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making
an appropriation. See our previous post for more information.
By Representatives Nygren, Felzkowski, Mursau, Kitchens, Ballweg, Bernier,
Born, Edming, Katsma, Kulp, Krug, Loudenbeck, Nerison, Novak, Petersen, Petryk,
Pronschinske, Quinn, Rohrkaste, Spiros, Steffen, Summerfield, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt,
Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer, Vorpagel, Rodriguez and Steineke; cosponsored by Senators
Marklein, Olsen, Testin, LeMahieu, Moulton and Tiffany.

(The WASB strongly supports this bill but will attempt to amend it to remove provisions that would retroactively prevent districts that have had a failed operating referendum in the recent past from utilizing the low-revenue ceiling adjustment for three years.)

Here is a link to a recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo detailing the  estimated effect of 2017 Assembly Bill 835  on School Districts.

Assembly Bill 810
Relating to: courses that generate a profit for a school district.
By Representatives Horlacher, E. Brooks, Kitchens, Kulp, Skowronski and

(The WASB has questions about this bill, including whether it is necessary.)

Assembly Bill 830
Relating to: an education savings account program for gifted and talented pupils,
providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority,
and making an appropriation.
By Representatives Felzkowski, Fields, Jagler, Knodl, Krug, Mursau, Ott, Petryk,
Sanfelippo, Thiesfeldt and Crowley; cosponsored by Senators Darling, Vukmir and

(The WASB opposes this bill based on WASB Resolution 2.09, which reads: “The WASB opposes the creation of Education Savings Accounts for preK-12 educational expenses.” )