The Assembly Committee on Local Government has scheduled a public hearing on a WASB-supported bill (Assembly Bill 170) updating state statutes specifying the method for notifying board members of a special meeting of a school board. The hearing will be held in Madison on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 400 Northeast of the State Capitol.
The WASB worked with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on this bill, which is modeled on similar legislation enacted into law last session as (2017 Wisconsin Act 50) revamping the method for giving council members notice of a special meeting of a city council. Continue reading WASB-backed notice bill set for hearing on Wednesday, May 22
The Senate version of a bill (Senate Bill 236) that would require school districts to use the competitive bidding process on certain school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 3rd and committee vote Thursday, Oct. 5th in the Senate Local Government Committee. The bill is authored by state Sen. Duey Stroebel and state Rep. Robert Brooks (R’s-Saukville).
The WASB testified in opposition to the Assembly version (Assembly Bill 307) in July. Our position was determined based on support for local control and noted that the bill would limit or eliminate local board discretion and flexibility to use various project delivery methods for school construction. Continue reading Unfunded Mandate Update: Competitive Bidding & Construction Notices
Two bills dealing with pupil assessments authored by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have been scheduled for a public hearing next week before the Assembly Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield):
Wednesday, June 7
300 Northeast, State Capitol, Madison Continue reading Bills on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs to Have Public Hearing Next Week
Two bills dealing with pupil assessments were recently introduced by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured below):
Assembly Bill 300/Senate Bill 222 – This bill requires, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, each school board to annually provide the parent or guardian of each pupil with a copy of or instructions on how to access a summary of the pupil examinations that the school board must administer under state and federal law and any other examinations used to assess pupil, school, or school district performance. The bill specifies certain information that must be included in the summary and requires that the summary be written in commonly understood language. Continue reading Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs
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
The Legislative Council has posted a list of the applicants tentatively chosen to participate in study committees that will take an in-depth look at a number of state issues this summer. Participants named in these lists must still be approved by a vote of the full Joint Legislative Council. A ballot has been sent to Council members, and the results will be tabulated and available after Friday (June 17).
Margaret Murphy, Board Clerk of the Neenah School Board was chosen to serve on the Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data. Eight of the nine public members tentatively named to that committee have strong ties to schools.
Continue reading Legislative Council Study Committee Participants Made Public