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Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced

Joint Finance Committee:

  • Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690sparsity 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.

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Assembly Education Committee hearing held on Feb. 1

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

Public hearing held on Sparsity Aid/Low Revenue Ceiling bill

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

Gov. Walker Addresses State Education Convention

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.

Assembly Education Committee Hearing Update

WASB President Terry McCloskey (Three Lakes) and WASB Government Relations Specialist Chris Kulow (both pictured at left) testified yesterday before the Assembly Education Committee in support of a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession. 

Joining them in supporting the bill were three school district administrators—Chris Metras from Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Scott Sabol of Mayville and Ben Niehaus of Florence County—and Cedarburg School Board member Rick Leach, who spoke as an individual.  It was concern on the part of district administrators and local school boards that brought this matter to the WASB’s attention.

View WKOW-TV coverage of hearing

Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Hearing Update

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

Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”

The Wheeler Report, a Capitol-based, paid subscription news service that provides subscribers with e-mail reports about current goings-on at the State Capitol, reported this morning on a piece of legislation under development by Assembly Education Committee chairman, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), which Rep. Thiesfeldt has labelled the “Teacher Protection Act.”

The WASB has been engaged in what we have understood to be strictly confidential discussions with Rep. Thiesfeldt and his staff regarding our concerns about this legislation. Now that this proposal has become the subject of public news reports, we are sharing what has been reported because we believe this subject matter will be of interest to many school boards and administrators. Continue reading Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”