During the summer and fall of each even-numbered year, the Joint Legislative Council selects a number of subjects for study from suggestions submitted by legislators.
As noted in a previous post, two 2018 study committees will be of particular interest to school leaders: the Legislative Council Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia; and the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds. The membership of those two study groups has been finalized. Continue reading Legislative Council Study Committee members named
The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness has issued its long-awaited report. The brief, six-page report summarizes testimony and ideas provided to the task force over the course of five meetings and presents the chair’s recommendations for potential legislative action.
The task force was created by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and was chaired by state Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford, pictured). Its mission was to explore new ways to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue careers in the trades, manufacturing industry, and technical fields.
Recommendations put forward by the task force chair include: Continue reading Youth Workforce Readiness Task Force Issues Report
West-central Wisconsin legislators discussed school funding issues at a breakfast Friday sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Several legislators who attended the panel held at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Business Education Center agreed that the school funding formula needs an overhaul.
Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) questioned the viability of the revenue limits established in the 1993-94 school year, which limit the amount a district can raise from state aid and local levies and have led to an increase in school referenda to exceed the limits.
“Is that what we really want to do?” he asked. “Keep school districts locally in some kind of a straight jacket that rewards those who were not frugal in the 1980s and ’90s and does the opposite for those who were not spending a lot? That’s what happens.” Continue reading Lawmakers Discuss School Funding Formula/Revenue Limits
The WASB government relations staff traveled to Medford March 7 to attend their annual legislative forum. Many surrounding districts join together to hold this forum and it is well-attended by local school leaders and their area lawmakers. Kudos to all of the districts participating on a great meeting!
District officials from several districts discussed a variety of issues with the legislators in attendance, including school funding, transportation costs, teacher shortages as well as others. A group of Medford Area students offered their perspectives on the required Civics graduation test. The legislators listened, asked questions and offered their own perspective leading to a good and productive conversation.
The legislators in attendance were: Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) and Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford). Continue reading Medford Area School Districts Hold Legislative Forum
Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 227, a bill that will allow contractors to directly purchase construction materials on behalf of schools and other tax-exempt clients without paying the sales tax, into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 126. WASB supported this bill and registered in favor of it at two public hearings.
WASB thanks state Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and state Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) for authoring this legislation and successfully shepherding it through the legislative process with strong bipartisan support.
Two K-12 education-related task forces create by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) are set to hold hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its first meeting in Madison at 1:00 PM in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The focus will be on teacher recruitment and retention in urban school systems.
Invited speakers will include: Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System; and representatives of the Department of Public Instruction, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College.
At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony regarding the focus topics of teacher recruitment, retention and training.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness will hold its second meeting in Wausau at 11:00 AM at Northcentral Technical College. The hearing will take place in Room 1004 – Auditorium, Center for Health Sciences, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. Continue reading Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)
The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness chaired by state Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and vice-chaired by state Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) held its first meeting on Thursday, September 10 at the State Capitol.
The task force heard invited testimony from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), the Beloit School District, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) among others.
The presenters gave overviews of current programs and initiatives aimed at youth employment in their respective organizations. Continue reading Youth Workforce Readiness Task Force Has First Meeting