Governor signs two WASB-supported bills into law

Governor Walker signed into law two bills supported by the WASB in a signing ceremony at the State Capitol this morning.

Senate Bill 301 expands the online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either the statutory graduation requirement in health education or its own requirements for graduation. Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meets the requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid.

Prior law, for example, did not allow online summer school or interim session classes in health education, which is statutorily required for graduation, or elective classes not statutorily required for graduation to qualify for state aid.

The WASB worked with the Sun Prairie School District to suggest the language of SB 301 and supported it as a way to increase summer learning. The WASB thanks Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon, pictured) and Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) for authoring this legislation.

Senate Bill 159 updates the statutory educational goals regarding nutrition education, which formerly required school boards to provide pupils in public schools with instruction about the vitamin content of food and the food and health values of dairy products.  This new law updates provides that instruction on nutrition is to include knowledge about the nutritive value of foods and the role of a nutritious diet in promoting health, preventing chronic disease, and maintaining a healthy weight, based on information outlined in the federal publication “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”

The WASB supported amending the bill to remove a requirement to include a nutrition education component in the 0.5 health education credit required for graduation.  The WASB thanks Sen. Olsen and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) for agreeing to amend the bill to bring the WASB on board to support it.