Activity in the State Capitol around the issue of improving school safety intensified this week. The WASB has been meeting with the governor’s office as well as legislative leadership offices regarding how to best address the issue.
Based on our member-approved resolutions and informed by an effort from 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the WASB has asked for resources to be provided with as much local flexibility as possible on how they can be used in recognition of the differences between the 422 school districts in Wisconsin. There must be the ability for school districts to utilize school safety-related resources in ways that make the most sense based on local circumstances (facilities, local law enforcement presence, etc.) and identified needs. Continue reading Legislative session to address school safety appears increasingly likely
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The Assembly Education Committee meets tomorrow at 1pm to vote on several bills and hold a hearing on a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession.
Assembly Bill 496 provides local discretion to suspend or begin expulsion proceedings under specific circumstances in which a student brings a firearm onto school grounds. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Meets Tomorrow
Governor Scott Walker recently sat down for end of the year interviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, and the Associated Press.
On the school funding issue he again pledged additional state aid to schools in his 2017-19 state budget proposal which will be released in February.
According to the State Journal’s Matt DeFour: “He ( Gov. Walker) said he will increase the state-imposed limits on school district spending and then provide enough additional state aid to cover those increases, in order to keep property taxes lower than they were in 2010. He didn’t specify how much the increase would be, but said it would be lower than the $200 per pupil requested by the Department of Public Instruction.” Continue reading Gov. Walker Talks More About School Funding Increase in Next Budget; Questions Drug Testing Students
State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) will likely introduce legislation next year when the new legislative session begins mandating all public and private schools randomly drug test students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities or park vehicles in the school parking lot. Continue reading State Lawmaker to Propose Random Drug Testing Mandate for Schools
See what education-related bills are moving in the state legislature. Included are updates on bills passing through the Assembly or Senate, bills advancing through standing committees, new bills being introduced, bill drafts being sent out to other legislators for support, and even administrative rules from state agencies. For additional information on these and other state education-related bills check out the State Bill Tracking Chart. We will also pass on federal updates from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) when warranted. Continue reading Bill Tracking For Week of 4/21/15