State Assembly committee membership has been set for the 2019-20 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is returning as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education. Included in the committee membership are two newly-elected members who are also sitting school board members: Rep. Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum) and Rep. Robert Wittke (Racine Unified, not running for reelection in April). Rep. Don Vruwink is also a sitting school board member (Milton) and Vice-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens is a former school board member (Sturgeon Bay) and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Below are the other committee members including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly education committee: new members and the school districts they represent
State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) returns as chair of the Assembly Committee on Education. Rep. Thiesfeldt is a former teacher and administrator in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school. He has chaired the education committee since the 2015-16 legislative session.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Assembly in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs. Vice Chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet. The new session begins on January 7, 2019.
The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), has scheduled a public hearing on the March 2018 special session Assembly bills that make up Gov. Scott Walker’s school safety package.
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
417 North (GAR Hall) Continue reading Public hearing on school safety bills tomorrow (March 20)
Joint Finance Committee:
- Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
The WASB supports these identical companion bills based on WASB Resolutions 2.16, 2.425 & 2.43.
- A big thank you to Tim Stellmacher of the West Bend School Board (pictured) for taking the time to come and testify in support of the bill during the public hearing (on Feb. 7) along with administrators from Mukwonago, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oostburg and Slinger.
Continue reading Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced
The Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on two bills on Thursday , Feb. 1:
Assembly Bill 569 relating to: publication of school and school district accountability reports.
This bill is companion bill to Senate Bill 494, which the WASB supports. Senate Bill 494 was passed by the state Senate on Jan. 23. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee hearing held on Feb. 1
The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held a public hearing on the following items on Thursday, January 25.
Assembly Bill 835
Relating to: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making
an appropriation. See our previous post for more information.
By Representatives Nygren, Felzkowski, Mursau, Kitchens, Ballweg, Bernier,
Born, Edming, Katsma, Kulp, Krug, Loudenbeck, Nerison, Novak, Petersen, Petryk,
Pronschinske, Quinn, Rohrkaste, Spiros, Steffen, Summerfield, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt,
Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer, Vorpagel, Rodriguez and Steineke; cosponsored by Senators
Marklein, Olsen, Testin, LeMahieu, Moulton and Tiffany. Continue reading Public hearing held on Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling bill
Speaking before the State Education Convention last Friday, Gov. Walker said he will use a portion of the surplus funds to cover the cost of the legislative proposal to increase sparsity aid $100 per pupil which is expected to cost the state about $6.4 million next year. The governor also backed the part of the bill he previously vetoed from the state budget that would raise the low-revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil next year and eventually to $9,800 per pupil by the 2022-23 school year.
Gov. Walker told convention attendees he expects lawmakers to back this legislation, which has been introduced as identical companion bills Senate Bill 690 and Assembly Bill 835. The governor is expected to highlight these bills in his State of the State speech at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 24 and urge lawmakers to approve them. AB 835 has a public hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday, January 25. SB 690 was referred to the Joint Finance Committee.