The WASB government relations staff traveled to Medford March 7 to attend their annual legislative forum. Many surrounding districts join together to hold this forum and it is well-attended by local school leaders and their area lawmakers. Kudos to all of the districts participating on a great meeting!
District officials from several districts discussed a variety of issues with the legislators in attendance, including school funding, transportation costs, teacher shortages as well as others. A group of Medford Area students offered their perspectives on the required Civics graduation test. The legislators listened, asked questions and offered their own perspective leading to a good and productive conversation.
The legislators in attendance were: Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) and Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford). Continue reading Medford Area School Districts Hold Legislative Forum
The state Assembly sent the two-year $72.7 billion state budget to Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday, giving him just enough time to sign it before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday.
The budget passed 52-46, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the budget. The budget was not changed from what the state Senate passed 18-15 Tuesday.
The Assembly Republicans voting against the budget were Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls, Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, James Edming of Glen Flora, David Heaton of Wausau, Scott Krug of Nekoosa, Lee Nerison of Westby, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, Warren Petryk of Eleva, Keith Ripp of Lodi, Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah.
Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) was absent. Continue reading Assembly Passes Budget; Heads to Governor Walker
The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations has scheduled a public hearing for this Wednesday afternoon on a bill (Assembly Bill 194) that would require the successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test as a condition for obtaining a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
The proposed “citizenship” test would be a “high-stakes” test in that failure to pass the test would prevent a student from graduating high school or getting a GED. Wisconsin has never required students to pass a state test in order to graduate. Continue reading Assembly Committee Set to Hold Hearing on Civics Mandate Bill
A northern Wisconsin lawmaker is circulating a bill draft that would require successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test for high school graduation. State Representative James Edming (R-Glen Fora) sent a memo to fellow lawmakers looking for support last week Friday. After detailing recent polls where a high number of adult respondents cannot correctly answer certain civics questions the memo states: Continue reading Civics Mandate Draft Being Circulated