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Assembly passes a number of K-12 bills

On June 18, the state Assembly met in floor session to act on a number of bills.  K-12 education-related bills to expand the minority teacher loan program, include parent/guardian names as directory data under the state’s pupil records law, allow schools to provide prior notice of school safety drills to certain students and require certain information on school report cards were each approved on a voice vote (unanimously).  A bill requiring the DPI to create a guidebook on dyslexia and related conditions for use by school districts and parents was approved on a vote of 76-21. These bills now head to the state Senate for consideration. Continue reading Assembly passes a number of K-12 bills

JFC finishes work on state budget

The legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) finished its work on the 2019-21 state budget on June 13.  The budget now heads to each house of the state legislature–Assembly first, then Senate–for consideration before heading to Gov. Evers.

The Assembly plans to take up the budget on Tuesday, June 25 with the Senate following on the 26th or 27th according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald in a press conference touting the JFC proposal. Continue reading JFC finishes work on state budget

WASB Bill Tracking Chart updated with non-budget legislation

While our main focus so far this legislative session has been on the state budget, separate legislation impacting school districts continue to be introduced.  We are continually updating our WASB State Bill Tracking Chart as new bills are released so please check it regularly.

The chart can be found on the header menu of this blog under “WASB Resources” and on our main website, WASB.org, under Services & Resources>>>Advocacy & Government Relations>>>State Bill Tracking Chart.

Examples of some recently added bills include: Continue reading WASB Bill Tracking Chart updated with non-budget legislation

Assembly education committee meeting recap

On Thursday, May 30, the Assembly Committee on Education met to vote on one bill (dyslexia guidebook) and hold a public hearing on three others (school meals,  special education licensure & teacher licensure reciprocity).

Executive Session: Assembly Bill 110 was recommended for full passage by the Assembly on a party-line vote after an amendment was unanimously approved by committee  members. Continue reading Assembly education committee meeting recap

Assembly education committee to hold hearing on school meals, teacher licensure bills May 30

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 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 three bills: Continue reading Assembly education committee to hold hearing on school meals, teacher licensure bills May 30

Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted

On Thursday, May 23 the GOP members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed an omnibus motion on K-12 education on a party-line vote.  The motion covers two fiscal years (2019-20/1st year & 2020-21/2nd year).  The total amount by which state funding for K-12 education is increased over those two years under the motion is approximately $500 million.

Below are highlights of that plan (numbers are rounded): Continue reading Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted

John Ashley statement on JFC K-12 budget package

“I want to recognize the Joint Finance Committee for voting to approve $500 million in increased investments in public schools. The proposal addressed top priorities of the WASB including the $200/$204 per pupil increase in spendable resources, the first increase in special education categorical aid in more than a decade and increases for student mental health services.  We also want to recognize the committee for helping historically low-spending districts by including an adjustment to the low-revenue ceiling. These items were important priorities on the WASB legislative agenda.

“Although $500 million is a significant investment, it is significantly less than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed ($1.4 billion) as well as less than what the Legislature approved in Gov. Scott Walker’s last budget ($635 million).

“We are hopeful the Legislature and Gov. Evers will continue to have discussions on the education budget. We look forward to working with all parties to meet the needs of all Wisconsin students.”