State Assembly committee membership has been set for the 2019-20 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is returning as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education. Included in the committee membership are two newly-elected members who are also sitting school board members: Rep. Timothy Ramthun (Kewaskum) and Rep. Robert Wittke (Racine Unified, not running for reelection in April). Rep. Don Vruwink is also a sitting school board member (Milton) and Vice-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens is a former school board member (Sturgeon Bay) and chaired the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Below are the other committee members including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly education committee: new members and the school districts they represent
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced state Assembly committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Assembly Education Committee. This is his second session as chair of the committee. Below are the other GOP Representatives (minority/Democrat committee membership has not yet been announced) on the committee including the school districts represented by each. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
The state Assembly has concurred in a bill (Senate Bill 492) that sets up and provides limited funding for a voluntary one-year crime reporting pilot program that is designed to operate in one urban, one suburban and one rural school district. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this week, now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. It is authored by Senate President Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin).
A school district that chooses to participate in the pilot program would have to report its aggregate data on crimes and other incidents to DPI twice: once halfway through the school year and once at the end of the school year. Incidents that must be reported include those involving bullying or harassment. Continue reading Assembly Sends Crime Reporting Pilot Program Bill to the Governor’s Desk
As we posted late last week, the Assembly Education Committee is planning to hold a hearing on Thursday, December 17. We now know what other bills will likely be on the agenda:
- Assembly Bill 481 Relating to: limitations on borrowing by school districts and the use by school districts of resolutions and referenda to authorize bonding for capital projects or increase revenue limits and scheduling of school district referendums to exceed revenue limits.
There will likely be an amendment introduced before the hearing (WASB will update you as soon as it is introduced. Follow the WASB Legislative Update blog for the latest developments.)
WASB opposes this bill as drafted and encourages members to contact their legislators as well as Education Committee members (see below). See Talking Points & Sample Materials
- Assembly Bill 517 Relating to: reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events and granting rule-making authority.
Continue reading Alert: Committee to Hear Bills Imposing Referenda/Borrowing Restrictions, Crime Reporting Mandates, Vocational Ed Licensure Changes; Possible Vote on Changing Room Bill
A bill to require public, public charter and private voucher high schools to track and report criminal activity and other incidents starting in the 2017-18 school year will likely receive a public hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday, December 17.
Assembly Bill 517, authored by state Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown), would add crimes committed on high school property, at school-sponsored events, and on buses to the information required to be included on school report cards. Continue reading Hearing Likely on Mandatory Crime Reporting Bill Thursday, Dec. 17
A bill being circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature by state Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) would add crimes committed at high schools, their events and on buses to the information required to be included on school report cards.
The bill would require public, public charter and private voucher high schools to track such criminal activity beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Schools would give that data to the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI); however, the crime statistics reported by a school or school district could not be considered by DPI for purposes of determining a school or school district’s performance on the school or district’ annual accountability report. Continue reading Bill Draft Would Require Schools to Report Crime Data
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