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School Bus Purchasing Bill Gets Public Hearing

school busA proposal to eliminate a Department of Transportation rule prohibiting the purchase of a school bus previously titled and registered in another state if the bus is more than five years old had a public hearing before a Senate committee today in the State Capitol. Senate Bill 134, authored by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and state Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), was heard by the Senate Transportation & Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). Continue reading School Bus Purchasing Bill Gets Public Hearing

Gov. Walker Signs CPR Mandate Bill Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed legislation into law today at Wausau West High School which requires CPR instruction to students in Wisconsin.

Assembly Bill 545, authored by Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), requires school boards to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades 7 to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades 7 to 12, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading Gov. Walker Signs CPR Mandate Bill Into Law

Medford Area School Districts Hold Legislative Forum

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

CPR Mandate, School Mental Health Bills Head to Governor

Assembly Bill 545 relating to requiring lifesaving skills instruction for pupils was approved by both houses of the legislature on Tuesday, February 16.

This bill, authored by Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), requires school boards to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades 7 to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades 7 to 12, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. (Under current law, schools are required to offer instruction about cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation to pupils enrolled in high school grades.) The WASB was neutral on this bill.

Assembly Bill 664  relating to mental health services in schools was also approved by both houses of the legislature on Feb. 16.

This bill, 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. WASB supports this bill.

Both bills head to Governor Scott Walker who is expected to sign them into law.

Legislative Proposal Would Mandate CPR Training

In a  memo accompanying a draft bill being circulated for support from legislative colleagues, state Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and state Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield), are proposing legislation to require that school boards, operators of independent charter schools, and governing bodies of private schools provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades 7 to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades 7 to 12.

Under current law, a school board, operator of an independent charter school, and governing body of a private school is required to offer instruction about cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation and to provide automated external defibrillators to pupils enrolled in high school grades. Continue reading Legislative Proposal Would Mandate CPR Training