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Bill to Expand Immoral Conduct to Include Aiding & Abetting Sexual Abuse Signed Into Law

Gov. Scott Walker signed a group of bills on Friday, Dec. 8, including Senate Bill 253 authored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield) that will implement in state statutes provisions in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) intended to prohibit aiding and abetting sexual abuse of children/students by school personnel.

The bill would specify in state law that it is immoral conduct for a DPI licensee (e.g., a teacher, administrator or HR director, etc.) to assist a school employee, contractor, or agent to obtain a new job in a school or school district if the licensee knows or has reason to believe that the person committed a sex offense against a student or a minor.  A violation could subject the licensee to potential loss or his or her DPI license. Continue reading Bill to Expand Immoral Conduct to Include Aiding & Abetting Sexual Abuse Signed Into Law

Senator Stroebel Appointed to Powerful Budget-Writing Committee

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced he is appointing Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) to the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.  Stroebel will replace Sheila Harsdorf who resigned her Senate seat to become Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  Her open state Senate seat will be filled in a special election in January.

Sen. Stroebel released a statement that reads in part: Continue reading Senator Stroebel Appointed to Powerful Budget-Writing Committee

“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced

Assembly Bill 693, also known as the “Teacher Protection Act”, has been introduced in the Assembly and referred to the Judiciary Committee. Seem like a strange committee choice?  The bill is authored by Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and new Assembly rules aim to avoid having bills authored by committee chairs go to the chair’s own committee (Rep. Thiesfeldt is a member of the Judiciary Committee, but not the chair).  No Senate companion bill was introduced and there are no state Senators signed on to the bill as cosponsors.

The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions (see below for specifics).  Below is a summary of the provisions of AB 693: Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced

Special Elections Set for State Legislature

Nomination papers have been filed and the fields are set for three special elections ordered by Governor Walker for seats in the state legislature.  Senate District 10 was vacated when Sheila Harsdorf was appointed Secretary of the Dept. of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection, Assembly District 58 was vacated by the death of Rep. Bob Gannon and Assembly District 66 was vacated by Rep. Cory Mason being elected Mayor of Racine.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, December 19 with the general election to follow on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Below are the candidates on the ballot in each race according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission: Continue reading Special Elections Set for State Legislature

Report Cards Released; Show High Score Fluctuations for Some Schools/Districts

As we posted previously, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the school and district accountability report cards showing 82% of public and private schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations for educating students by earning at least three stars.   Over 95 percent of the state’s public school districts earned a three-star rating or higher.

From the DPI: Continue reading Report Cards Released; Show High Score Fluctuations for Some Schools/Districts

Assembly Education Committee Meets Tomorrow

The Assembly Education Committee meets tomorrow at 1pm to vote on several bills and hold a hearing on a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession.

Assembly Bill 496 provides local discretion to suspend or begin expulsion proceedings under specific circumstances in which a student brings a firearm onto school grounds. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Meets Tomorrow

Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly

Two bills dealing with student assessments and authored by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) chair of the Assembly Education Committee were passed by the Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Assembly Bill 300 would require each school board to prepare a summary written in commonly understood language that includes all of the following: Continue reading Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly