Tag Archives: 2017-18 Legislative Session

School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018

As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018.  One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.

What will be the top posts of 2019?  Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!

Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018

WASB weighs in on extraordinary session legislation relating to settlement proceeds and the common school fund

The WASB sent a memo to the Joint Finance Committee in advance of their public hearing on extraordinary session legislation on Dec. 3.  The WASB has strong concerns about provisions that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) must deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.

These concerns are based on the recognition that these provisions would formalize a process which, in our view, may violate Article X, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution. That section requires that: Continue reading WASB weighs in on extraordinary session legislation relating to settlement proceeds and the common school fund

No K-12 legislation being publicly discussed for extraordinary session…yet

The GOP-controlled legislature is planning an extraordinary session to pass legislation while Gov. Scott Walker still holds office and before Gov-elect Tony Evers takes office on January 7, 2019.  This could happen as soon as the week of Dec 3.

According to media reports (see: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal), several items are being discussed for the session: Continue reading No K-12 legislation being publicly discussed for extraordinary session…yet

May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks

With what was likely the last floor action for the 2017-18 legislative session completed, we encourage you to take the opportunity to thank state legislators who have done positive things for K-12 public education.  Showing gratitude and giving credit when lawmakers do things that we support is a crucial component in building relationships with them.  We don’t want them to feel we were unappreciative the next time we ask for their support.

Overall, it was a very good session for public education and there were many lawmakers from both parties who showed a strong interest in working with their local school boards and administrators as well as with the WASB.  We are highlighting only a few examples in this post, which is neither exhaustive nor complete, so if you don’t see your legislators and they have been helpful to you in some way please reach out to thank them. Continue reading May Advocacy Tip: Legislators who deserve our thanks

2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session.  Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.

If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart.  Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
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Assembly passes school safety package; heads to Gov. Walker

The state Assembly passed the school safety package yesterday evening (March 22) that had already been approved by the state Senate, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor and be signed into law.  The legislation passed with strong bipartisan support on a 78-8 vote and sources indicate the governor plans to sign the bill into law early next week.

Included in the legislation approved by both houses of the legislature are provisions: Continue reading Assembly passes school safety package; heads to Gov. Walker

Assembly to take up school safety package today amid differences with the Senate

The state Assembly will take up this afternoon the school safety package introduced at the request of Gov. Walker and modified by the state Senate on Tuesday.  Just what version the Assembly will be taking up remains a question, however.

While it appeared there was agreement on the issue, Assembly GOP leaders indicated yesterday (March 21) they were still discussing the issue with their colleagues and were considering making changes which would require the bill to go back to the Senate for their approval.  According to Wispolitics.com: Continue reading Assembly to take up school safety package today amid differences with the Senate