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“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary chaired by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured):

Assembly Judiciary Committee
Thursday, January 11, 2018
9:00 AM
North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North) 

The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions.  See our previous post on the bill for more information on the bill.   Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

School Start Date Bill Introduced

ottA bill to repeal the existing state statute that prohibits Wisconsin public school districts from beginning the school term prior to Sept. 1  has been introduced as Assembly Bill 103.

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).

No information is available at this time on when the bill may be scheduled for a public hearing. Continue reading School Start Date Bill Introduced

Start Date Repeal Bill Supporters – Do You See Your Legislators?

AdvocacyHere is the list of state legislators signed on as co-authors (supporters) of the Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) school start date mandate repeal bill as of this afternoon (Feb 8):

Senate: Senators Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield)

Assembly: Representatives Kathleen Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Lee Nerison (R-Westby), Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), Daniel Reimer (D-Milwaukee), Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek), Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), Don Vruwink (D-Milton) Continue reading Start Date Repeal Bill Supporters – Do You See Your Legislators?

ALERT: Contact Legislators to Support Sept 1 School Start Date Repeal Bill

ottState Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured) and state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) are circulating a bill draft (LRB 1378) to repeal the September 1 start date mandate.  The bill would allow local school boards to determine the start date for the fall semester beginning in the 2018-19 school year. It would not require districts to begin school before September 1st, nor will it affect the number of days of instruction. We encourage you to contact your state legislators and urge them to sign on as a co-author of LRB 1378. The deadline is February 10.

The WASB strongly supports this bill on local control grounds, a position that was reinforced at the Delegate Assembly this year.  It is important that we get as many legislators to sign on to these bills as possible.  The tourism industry will be contacting lawmakers asking them not to support it.  We need to make our voice heard!


Education Committee Schedules Hearing on School Start Date & Changing Rooms Bills on Thursday

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac),  plans to hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 10AM in Room 417 North of the state Capitol on the following proposals:

  • Assembly Bill 144
    This bill creates an exception to the general prohibition against a public school
    beginning the school term before September 1 for a school district in which more than 20 percent of the high school students took at least one advanced placement (AP) exam.  Read More

    Assembly Bill 144 was coauthored by Representatives J. Ott, Kremer, T. Larson, Thiesfeldt, Knodl, Bernier, Hutton, Murtha, Murphy and Nerison; cosponsored by Senators Darling and Vukmir.

  • Assembly Bill 469This bill would require public school boards to designate school restrooms and changing rooms accessible by multiple students as for the exclusive use of either “males” or “females.” Read MoreAssembly Bill 469 was coauthored by Representatives Kremer, Thiesfeldt, Craig, Gannon, Horlacher, Jacque, Skowronski and Tittl; cosponsored by Senators Nass, Moulton and Stroebel.

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School Start Date Legislation Introduced

State Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) has introduced Assembly Bill 144 which would allow some schools to start before September 1.  Only schools that have more than 20% participation in Advanced Placement (AP) exams would be allowed an exemption from the Sept. 1 start date.  Ott estimates that equates to about 32 districts.

The Sept. 1 start date mandate was implemented with the support of the state tourism industry which has long argued that starting school in August hurts their bottom line on Labor Day weekend.  They will likely lead the opposition to this bill as well.

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