Nearly nine months ago, the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding issued its recommendations. Ever since, school leaders have been waiting patiently for those recommendations to be put forward as legislation.
Recently, however, a number of bills have been put forward to implement recommendations made by the Commission. Several are described below:
Senate Bill 182 and Assembly Bill 196, a pair of companion bills authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), would expand eligibility for sparsity aid in a way that mirrors the recommendations made by both the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Rural Schools Task Force (2013). (See Recommendation #2 under Sparsity Aid on page 7 of the Commission Report.)
Continue reading Bills Reflecting Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations Are Being Advanced
The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing and an executive session Thursday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.
The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on:
Assembly Bill 232 relating to: teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority.
Continue reading Assembly education committee to hold hearing on teacher prep bill; vote on consolidation aid
The Assembly Committee on Education, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, June 13 on a pair of bills that stem from the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding. Both bills are authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and sponsored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green).
UPDATE: Assembly Bill 224 was removed from the hearing agenda. Only Assembly Bill 223 was heard.
The hearing will be held in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol, beginning at 11:01 a.m on the following bills: Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules meeting on June 13
The state budget package approved by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) also includes funding to provide incentives for school districts to consolidate, share whole grades, and share administrative services.
Consolidation Aid–The JFC-approved K-12 package creates a new sum-sufficient (state moneys will be provided sufficient to fully fund aid demands) appropriation to provide categorical aid funding for two or more school districts that consolidate into one district. Districts could qualify for aid equal to $150 per pupil attending school in the consolidated district for the first five years after the consolidation. In the sixth year the district would qualify for 50% the fifth year amount. In the seventh year, districts would qualify for 25% of the fifth year amount. (Categorical aid is received outside the revenue limits.) Continue reading JFC Budget Includes Incentives for Consolidation, Shared Grades/Services