The author of the so-called “Teacher Protection Act,” state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) has introduced a simple amendment to his latest stripped-down version of the bill (see previous post). The amended Assembly Bill 693 is scheduled to be taken up by the full Assembly today (Feb. 22) as a special order of business.
Assembly Amendment 1 to Assembly Substitute Amendment 2 addresses some, but not all, of the concerns expressed by the WASB and by school administrators. The amended bill is expected to pass notwithstanding the WASB’s objections.
In a separate development, a Senate companion bill to Assembly Bill 693 has been introduced as Senate Bill 821. The new 19-page bill contains provisions identical to the original Assembly Bill 693, despite the Assembly version having undergone extensive modifications. It is authored by state Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.