As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:
Assembly Bill 780—Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records. This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care. It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing. AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13
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 Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), will hold a public hearing at 9AM on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in room 300 Southeast in the state Capitol on the following proposals:
Senate Bill 711
Relating to: a pilot grant program to support college courses taught in high
schools and making an appropriation.
By Senators Olsen, Darling, Feyen and Bewley; cosponsored by Representatives
Rohrkaste, Kooyenga, Quinn and Sinicki. Continue reading Senate Education Committee will hold public hearing tomorrow
Two mandates that were initially proposed by Gov. Walker and subsequently removed by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) as non-fiscal policy have been restored in the budget plan released by the state Senate GOP.
These provisions require school districts to compile and include on school report cards various career-ready indicators and include “success sequence” information in academic and career planning services. Continue reading School Report Card, Academic/Career Plan Mandates Restored in Senate GOP Budget Plan
Effective with the 2017-18 school year, the governor proposes to merge the Course Options and Youth Options programs into a new Early College Credit program governing traditional dual enrollment for college credit. The proposal aims to simplify college credit attainment for high school pupils and school districts and it would statutorily limit per-credit charges and spell out who is responsible for paying those credit costs. The proposal also explicitly allows pupils to take dual enrollment courses during the summer. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Merges Course Options, Youth Options; Restores Part-Time Open Enrollment
Giving a “mini-preview” of the biennial budget request he will submit to the governor next month, State Superintendent Tony Evers this week announced a set of proposed administrative rule changes intended to expand high-quality summer learning opportunities for kids and to slow the so-called “summer learning slide” that occurs when students are our of school for an extended period of time.
The new proposed rules will give school districts new funding flexibility by clarifying that federal funds can be used to support summer learning and allowing open enrollment students to be counted in summer school membership. Continue reading Evers, DPI Propose Increased Summer School Flexibility
Saying a four-year college degree isn’t the only path to success, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on hundreds of school board members, administrators and other public school officials attending the State Education Convention to help change the mindset that values four-year university degrees over technical training.
Addressing the final session of the three-day Convention on Friday, Gov. Walker told attendees that as he travels around the state, he hears from local businesses about their need for skilled workers. And he noted that “so many of our good-paying careers we hear about require two-year technical degrees.” He later added, “We’ve got to lift up and recognize those career paths that require and apprenticeship or associate degree.” Continue reading Governor Addresses State Education Convention, Promotes Technical Education