Assembly passes sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill

The state Assembly approved Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) during their floor session on Tuesday, February 13 on a vote of 91-2.  Reps. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) & Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) voted No on the measure.  The bill is now awaiting action by the state Senate before going to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. The amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved.

The assembly also passed the two bills from this previous post:

  • Assembly Bill 780Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records.
  • Assembly Bill 805Excluding certain college credit in high school programs from the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). AB 805 was amended to include provisions on private colleges and universities and private high schools.  The amended bill excludes from the ECCP courses that are under an agreement between a public school board and the president of a private, nonprofit institution of higher education. It also excludes from the ECCP courses for which a high school pupil attending a private high school  may earn postsecondary credit where the  course takes place in the private school building and the high school teacher who provides instruction in the course is employed by the governing body of the private school.

The Assembly also passed Assembly Bill 777, which provides University of Wisconsin and technical college tuition remissions for and grants to support foster care and other out-of-home placement students  That is important for foster care kids transitioning to independence.  Currently, few of them are able to attend college.