Senate Bill 364, authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured) and Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and a bipartisan cadre of fellow lawmakers, has been introduced in the legislature. This bill changes the age for purchasing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products from 18 to 21, and imposes a minimum age for purchasing vapor products.
The WASB supports this bill based on our member-approved resolutions and has provided a sample resolution for boards to use to express their support for the bill on our Boards Taking Action webpage. There you can find resolutions passed by other school boards on various issues as well as WASB sample resolutions that boards can use for the basis of their own resolutions. Click on the gray box labeled “Sample Letters and Resolutions” and look for the “Sample Board Resolution in Support of Tobacco 21 Legislation in Wisconsin”
From the lawmakers’ cosponsorship memo: Continue reading Bill introduced to raise legal age for tobacco/nicotine/vaping products
Dan Rossmiller (pictured), WASB Government Relations Director, asked the Legislative Council Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices that any legislation recommended by this committee ultimately include provisions allowing school districts the option to post certain notices and/or documents on their websites as opposed to paying to publish them in a newspaper if they so choose. Other local government groups invited to testify at the meeting were on the same page in asking for flexibility in this area.
Rossmiller noted that while school board members are interested in improving operational efficiency and reducing costs, which the option to provide notices and other information via the school district website would permit, boards most want to be able to choose the method that best meets local circumstances in terms of both cost to taxpayers and effectiveness in reaching the desired audience. See full WASB Testimony here.
Continue reading WASB Testifies at First Meeting of Study Committee on Publishing Legal Notices
The first meeting of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices, chaired by state Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield), is scheduled for July 26. WASB is one of the groups invited to testify. We will be asking for relief from newspaper publishing requirements for certain school district documents and notices based on a resolution adopted by the WASB Delegate Assembly in January:
Resolution 1.60 Elimination/Reduction of Newspaper Notice/Publishing Requirements
The WASB supports legislation allowing school districts to publish statutorily-required notices electronically on the school district website and other social media maintained by the school district in lieu of publishing these notices in newspapers.
Continue reading WASB to Testify Before Legal Notices Study Committee
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
Governor Walker plans to sign two bills relating to K-12 education today. They are:
AB 478 Pupil Records of Pupils in Out-of-Home Placement – Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
This bill is designed to permit child welfare workers to gain access to pupil records of pupils in out-of-home placement (e.g., foster care). It incorporates into state law recent changes made to the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal educational privacy law) by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.
The bill will permit a school board, on request, to disclose pupil records that are pertinent to addressing a pupil’s educational needs to a caseworker or other representative of DCF, a county department, or a tribal organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the pupil, if the caseworker or other representative is authorized by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), that county’s department, or that tribal organization to access the pupil’s case plan. Continue reading Governor to Sign Two Education Bills Today
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.
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