The Wisconsin Association of School Boards applauds the school safety legislative package announced today by Gov. Walker that represents a significant state investment of $100 million to help keep our students safe. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the governor’s office on the development of this proposal.
While we will conduct further review of all the details, creating an Office of School Safety at the Department of Justice should be a great resource for school districts. We also support the inclusion of preventative initiatives and intervention-related training in the comprehensive package, rather than just measures to improve school facilities.
It is our hope that this package, which includes similar provisions to State Superintendent Tony Evers and legislative Democrat school safety proposals, garners bipartisan support from the state Legislature.
From the governor’s office press release:
MADISON—Governor Scott Walker today called for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass his comprehensive School Safety Plan.
“No child, parent, or teacher should ever have to feel unsafe in school,” said Governor Walker. “This package of bills focuses on ways we can help schools be safe, just like we did at the federal level ensuring that every airport and airplane were safe after 9/11. The same thing needs to be true for our schools all across the State of Wisconsin. We are putting $100 million behind this plan.” Continue reading Gov. Walker announces $100 million school safety package; calls for special session of the legislature
As we await the release of a proposal on school safety from Governor Walker and legislative leaders, there is disagreement between the Senate and Assembly GOP majorities on how to take up school safety legislation. The gist of it is this: if the school safety legislation is taken up in a special session, that is the only legislation that can be debated. If it is taken up as a part of the ongoing regular session, any other bills that are still alive can also be taken up at the same time. Continue reading Update on legislative action on school safety
The Co-Chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), have announced the dates and cities of all the future public hearings of the commission tasked with taking a comprehensive review of Wisconsin’s school funding system. Along with the already announced hearings on March 19 in La Crosse and March 26 in De Pere, the commission plans to hold the following hearings: Continue reading School funding commission releases full slate of hearing dates & locations
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding has scheduled another public hearing for Monday, March 26, 2018 in De Pere.
The hearing will begin at 2:00 PM and conclude by 6:00 PM.
The hearing will take place at: Continue reading School funding commission sets De Pere hearing for March 26
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The two candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have been set: Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet. Attorney Tim Burns finished third and will not move on to the general election on April 3 to replace Justice Michael Gableman.
According to Wispolitics: “With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Screnock was at 246,853 votes, or 46 percent, while Dallet was at 190,908 votes, or 36 percent, according to unofficial returns collected by The Associated Press. The third candidate, Middleton attorney Tim Burns, was at 95,043 votes, or 18 percent.”