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Flurry of Committee Activity As Legislative Session End Draws Near

With about a month left in the current legislative session, activity in legislative committees is high with legislators trying to push bills through before time runs out. The WASB Government Relations team has been camped out in the Capitol the last few days and we want to provide an update on what bills are moving.

Bills that received public hearing this week include: Continue reading Flurry of Committee Activity As Legislative Session End Draws Near

Scholarship Revamp Gaining Momentum Despite Objections from WASB, Rural Schools

Legislation to revamp the state’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program appears to be gaining ground in the state Legislature. This week, a state Senate committee advanced a modified version of Senate Bill 228, while at virtually the same time, a state Assembly committee was holding a hearing on a companion bill, Assembly Bill 314.

Under current law, Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Currently, each high school in the state is eligible to have a scholarship recipient, regardless of its enrollment, although the number of scholarships each high school is eligible for is based on total student enrollment. Schools are organized into six categories based on their enrollment size. The value of the scholarship is currently $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition. Half of the scholarship is funded by the state, while the other half is matched by the institution. The scholarships are administered through a state agency, called the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB). Continue reading Scholarship Revamp Gaining Momentum Despite Objections from WASB, Rural Schools