Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on two bills:

Assembly Bill 129 Relating to: allowing private schools participating in a parental choice program to provide hours of direct pupil instruction virtually.

By Representatives Jagler, Murphy, Brandtjen, Brooks, Dittrich, Horlacher, Hutton, Katsma, Knodl, Kulp, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Tusler, Zimmerman and Plumer; cosponsored by Senators Kooyenga, Kapenga, Craig, Cowles, Jacque and Stroebel.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to count hours of instruction that are offered virtually when a private school participating in a parental choice program is closed because of an emergency or inclement weather. Additionally, the bill specifically authorizes a private school participating in a parental choice program to provide hours of direct pupil instruction by providing instruction virtually or in another alternative setting if the method of providing the instruction applies to the entire school or an entire grade. Current law requires a private school participating in a parental choice program to provide at least 1,050 
hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1 to 6 and at least 1,137 hours of direct 
pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12.

 

Assembly Bill 110 Relating to:  developing a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions.

By Joint Legislative Council.

Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint Legislative Council’s Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia.
Testimony before the committee indicated that parents, teachers, and administrators assisting students with dyslexia and related conditions may have difficulty finding information and resources related to dyslexia and related conditions. At its second meeting, the committee heard testimony from representatives from the Minnesota Department of Education, who created a guidebook as a resource for parents and teachers of students with dyslexia in navigating the school system. The committee discussed legislation relating to the creation of a guidebook in Wisconsin and instructed the Legislative Council to have this bill drafted.
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to develop a guidebook for parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding dyslexia and related conditions. To develop the guidebook, the state superintendent of public instruction must establish an advisory committee, whose membership shall be determined in consultation with the International Dyslexia Association—Wisconsin Branch, Inc. (IDA), and the Wisconsin State Reading Association, Inc. (WSRA). Representatives from IDA and WSRA also serve as cochairpersons on the advisory committee.
The advisory committee must submit to DPI a draft guidebook containing at least all of the following information: (1) a description of screening processes and tools available to identify dyslexia and related conditions, (2) a description of interventions and instructional strategies that have been shown to improve academic performance of pupils with dyslexia and related conditions, and (3) a description of resources and services related to dyslexia and related conditions that are available to pupils with dyslexia and related conditions, parents and guardians of such pupils, and educators.
The advisory committee must submit its draft guidebook to DPI within one year of appointment of all members of the advisory committee. DPI must publish the final guidebook within three months after it receives the draft guidebook from the advisory committee. Any school board that maintains an Internet site must include a link to the guidebook on its Internet site. Finally, DPI must review the guidebook once every three years, in consultation with IDA and WSRA.
The committee is also set to vote to recommend AB 53, 54 & 67 for passage by the full Assembly which we previously posted about.