Governor Scott Walker signed six education-related bills into law today (Nov. 30) during a ceremony in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol. They included:
Senate Bill 382, relating to school employee tuberculosis (TB) screening;
Current law requires school districts to condition the employment of school personnel who come in contact with children or who handle or prepare food for children upon a physical examination by a licensed physician that includes a chest X-ray or a tuberculin test. The cost of such examinations, including X-rays and tuberculin tests, must be paid out of school district funds. Current law also permits a school district to require employees to undergo additional physical examinations at intervals determined by the school district. Continue reading Governor Signs Six Education Bills Into Law
All of the bills mentioned in our previous post that were voted on in the state Senate on October 31 have been approved by that chamber including:
Senate Bill 236 Competitive Bidding Mandate (Sen. Stroebel) This bill would require school districts to utilize statutory competitive, sealed bidding provisions when awarding school construction contracts and increase the dollar thresholds above which counties and municipalities must follow competitive bidding when awarding public works contracts. (WASB Opposes) [See previous post.] This bill now heads to the Assembly for action by that chamber. It is important that school leaders contact their State Representatives and ask them to oppose the bill, especially if your district has a local preference component in your bidding policy (which this bill would prohibit). Continue reading Competitive Bidding, Financial Literacy Bills Pass Senate
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
The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), has scheduled a public hearing on a number of bills dealing with financial literacy, hours of instruction, summer school funding, pupil data and more.
Here are the details and the bills that are on the agenda: Continue reading Financial Literacy, Hours of Instruction, Summer School Funding and More on Senate Education Hearing Agenda
State Assembly Republicans unveiled their goals for the next legislative session, labelled the Forward Agenda and focusing on the economy, education and public safety, on Wednesday at a Capitol press conference.
The education proposal garnering the most media attention is a plan to provide a tablet or laptop computer to every high school freshman in the state, regardless of their income or whether they attend a public, private or charter school. Included in the plan is an initiative allowing students without internet access at home to check out portable wi-fi hot spots from their school. Another idea raised in the plan is to begin providing wi-fi capabilities on school buses. Continue reading Assembly Republicans Unveil Legislative Agenda for 2017-18
The Assembly Committee on Education, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), will be holding a public hearing and executive session (vote) on several bills this Thursday (July 16) at 10 AM in the State Capitol.
On the agenda for the public hearing:
Assembly Bill 248
This bill directs each school board to incorporate the state’s model academic standards for financial literacy into the curriculum in grades kindergarten to 12. The bill also requires the statewide standardized examinations to assess a pupil’s
financial literacy to the same extent that they assess a pupil’s knowledge of mathematics, science, reading and writing, geography, or history.
The bill also requires that each institution and campus within the UW System, and each technical college, incorporate in its orientation program for newly entering students information on financial literacy. Continue reading Exam Opt-Out, Financial Literacy Mandate Bills on Assembly Education Committee Agenda