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
State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) are circulating a bill draft for other legislators to sign on and support (see cosponsorship memo) relating to contracts with parents to transport students to private and (sometimes) public schools. The bill would require the contract must compensate the parent or guardian a total amount for all pupils residing in the household who attend the same school, rather than a per pupil amount.
This change will potentially save districts money when multiple children in the same household are being transported to the same school in the same vehicle.
WASB supports this bill based on our member-approved resolutions and encourages you to contact your state legislators to cosponsor the “Marklein/Novak LRB 2448” before the Sept 10 deadline. Continue reading Contact your lawmakers to support parent transportation contract bill draft
Senate Bill 364, authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured) and Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and a bipartisan cadre of fellow lawmakers, has been introduced in the legislature. This bill changes the age for purchasing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products from 18 to 21, and imposes a minimum age for purchasing vapor products.
The WASB supports this bill based on our member-approved resolutions and has provided a sample resolution for boards to use to express their support for the bill on our Boards Taking Action webpage. There you can find resolutions passed by other school boards on various issues as well as WASB sample resolutions that boards can use for the basis of their own resolutions. Click on the gray box labeled “Sample Letters and Resolutions” and look for the “Sample Board Resolution in Support of Tobacco 21 Legislation in Wisconsin”
From the lawmakers’ cosponsorship memo: Continue reading Bill introduced to raise legal age for tobacco/nicotine/vaping products
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
Governor Scott Walker will sign Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), into law Monday morning (March 12) at Riverdale High School in Muscoda. The bill signing ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.
The bill increases the payments to each school district eligible for sparsity aid from $300 per pupil to $400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018−19 school year.
The bill also increases the low revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, and increases the revenue ceiling by $100 per pupil each school year thereafter until it reaches $9,800 per pupil in the 2022-23 school year.
Extra: Map Showing School Districts Eligible for Increased Sparsity Aid and/or Low Revenue Ceiling Relief under AB 835
The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20 on a vote of 31-1. Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) was the only No vote. The state Assembly had previously passed the bill on a 91-2 vote and it now goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
Also approved by the state Senate: Continue reading Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed
The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to take up Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20. The state Assembly has already passed AB 835 on a vote of 91-2. If passed by the state Senate, it goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. An amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved by the Assembly.
Also on the February 20th calendar: Continue reading Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20