At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Feb. 13 the WASB supported Senate Bill 16, which increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants for school districts by $3.5 million per year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Demand for these grants is anticipated to increase as both the number of eligible students (including those earning multiple industry certifications) and the number of school districts submitting claims continues to grow. In addition, legislation enacted last session added public safety occupations, including fire fighters, emergency medial responders and emergency medical services practitioners, to the list of industry certifications eligible for these grants and provided for a $500 completion award to each student who successfully completes a public safety occupation training program.
Continue reading WASB Testifies in support of expanding CTE incentive grants
The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.
SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs. Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding
Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to sign 90 bills, including several affecting K-12 education, during a marathon bill signing ceremony scheduled to last from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Monday (April 16).
Among the bills scheduled to be signed are:
Assembly Bill 332, which restores local control over the number of signatures required for the nomination of candidates to the school board in school districts that contain territory lying within a 2nd class city. Continue reading Governor to sign more K-12 education bills into law Monday
In a ceremony in his Capitol office, Governor Walker signed three bills the WASB supported into law Tuesday morning (April 3). Specifically, the governor signed:
Senate Bill 407 – Transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils (Act 215)
Continue reading Governor signs three more K-12 education related bills into law
The state Senate and Assembly are set to be on the floor again this week and next week. This is the last scheduled floor period during calendar 2017. Once it concludes, neither house will meet again until January.
Although the floor session is scheduled to begin on Oct. 31 and run until Nov. 9, neither house will meet on every available day during the floor session.
The state Senate is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The state Assembly will be in session on Thursday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov. 9. Assembly members have also been told to keep Tuesday, Nov. 7, open for a potential session day.
Three remaining floorperiods are scheduled, each of them two weeks long, in January, February and March. However, there is talk of wrapping up the 2017-18 legislative session early in 2018 so that, among other things, legislators can focus on their districts in preparation for November’s election.
Continue reading Senate Set to Vote on Several Bills Affecting K-12 Education Tomorrow
Senate Bill 187 by Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield, pictured) has been scheduled for a public hearing by the Senate Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac):
Tuesday, May 30th
Room 201 Southeast, State Capitol, Madison
This bill would be an unfunded state mandate requiring school boards proposing an operational or revenue limit referendum to also include in the resolution and in the referendum question the total amount of debt to be issued, the total amount of interest and related debt service costs to be incurred, and the sum of the principal, interest, and related debt service costs. Continue reading First Referendum-Related Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing
The WASB testified today in support of Senate Bill 127 relating to career and technical education incentive grants. The bill is authored by state Senator Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) and was heard before the Senate Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues Committee today (May 24) at the state Capitol.
The WASB also testified in support of the Assembly companion bill, Assembly Bill 192, authored by state Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) during a public hearing in late April. Both bills must now be voted out of their respective committees before advancing to the full Senate and Assembly. Continue reading Career & Tech Ed Grant Bill Has Public Hearing