Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) has announced he will not seek re-election to the state Assembly. He is the latest on a growing list of state legislators that have announced they are not running for re-election. We will keep you updated if more announcements are made.
Here is the updated listing of the lawmakers who have announced they are not running for re-election to their current seats:
AD=Assembly District; SD=Senate District Continue reading Rep. Ed Brooks not seeking re-election
A bill requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg). The hearing will be held:
Wednesday, July 12
Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol Continue reading Competitive Bidding Bill Scheduled for July 12 Hearing
Since our last post on the topic, most of the bills have been introduced and referred to standing committees. For a brief description of each bill see that previous post or click on the bill links below to see the actual bill language. Each proposal but one has a Senate and Assembly bill listed. These are identical companion bills, a common tactic to allow for proposals to begin the legislative process in each house simultaneously.
Senate Bill 191/Assembly Bill 282 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured) & Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) – Limitations on when operating referenda and debt issuance referenda may be called. Continue reading Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills
In a State Capitol bill signing ceremony, Governor Scott Walker signed a raft of bills into law yesterday, including two education bills the WASB supported.
Assembly Bill 664, authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), prohibits the Department of Health Services (DHS) from requiring a mental health clinic or a licensed treatment professional to designate a school site as a clinic office in order to provide outpatient mental health services at the school. It also requires DHS to provide Medical Assistance reimbursement to licensed treatment professionals for mental health services provided at a school, to the extent federal law allows such reimbursement, regardless of whether the school site is designated as a clinic office and regardless of whether the licensed treatment professional is employed by, a contractor of, or affiliated with a clinic. State Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) also played a key role in developing this legislation. It is Act 294.
Assembly Bill 824, (pictured above) authored by Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), adjusts sparsity aid eligibility to allow the Crivitz and Spring Valley school districts to continue to receive sparsity aid payments this year, without reducing sparsity aid payments to any other qualifying district. This new law also permanently raises the current 725 pupil cap on school district membership for sparsity aid eligibility to 745 pupils, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. This legislation was also co-authored by Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) and Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). It is Act 305.
The governor also signed at least five other bills that will or will likely have an impact on schools, including: Continue reading Governor Signs Two WASB-Backed Education Bills
As we mentioned in a previous post, a group of rural Republican legislators recently announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of seven pieces of legislation aimed at creating opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
These bills are scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Mining and Rural Development Committee:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Assembly Bill 793 Relating to: the teacher loan program. This bill expands eligibility for an existing student loan forgiveness program to teachers employed in rural school districts as defined by the bill. ( The WASB will likely register in support of this bill.) Continue reading Rural Wisconsin Initiative Bills Scheduled for Public Hearing Thursday
A group of rural Republican legislators led by Reps. Ed Brooks (Reedsburg), Romaine Quinn (Rice Lake), and Travis Tranel (Cuba City) announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, an initial package of seven pieces of legislation that they hope will jump-start a conversation on opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
The plan includes bills that will boost funding for broadband expansion grants, increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants, expand a student loan repayment program for rural teachers, and encourage expanded STEM education programs among others.
To view the full plan or offer suggestions, visit www.RuralWisconsinInitiative.com
It will be a busy week at the Capitol this week with several hearings scheduled on legislation related to school boards and K-12 education:
Tuesday, September 8
Senate Bill 217 Relating to: allowing a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor. (WASB supports and helped draft this bill and it is based on WASB Resolution 6.22 approved by Delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly.)
Senate Bill 244 Relating to: allowing a school board president to fill certain vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district. This bill is a response to a situation in the Racine Unified School District where the eight remaining members of the board are deadlocked 4-4 and have not been able to agree on a replacement for a board member who resigned earlier this year. (WASB opposes making this change on a statewide and permanent basis.) Continue reading Busy Week Ahead at the Capitol: Task Force Meets and Bills Affecting School Boards Scheduled for Public Hearings