As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:
Assembly Bill 780—Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records. This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care. It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing. AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data met for the final time Thursday (Nov. 17) and unanimously voted to recommend two formal bill drafts for legislation and three informal recommendations for further consideration and possible legislation.
In general, the recommendations from the committee require the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide model plans or informational resources regarding school data best practices to school districts. School boards retain their local decision-making in these areas. Continue reading School Data Study Committee Approves Recommendations
The Study Committee on School Data began discussing options for committee consideration to be included in possible legislation or recommendations to the Legislature. The options were developed by Legislative Council Staff based on suggestions raised by speakers and committee members at the July and August committee meetings. These options are intended to assist the committee by serving as a starting point for discussion. Committee members may have additional issues that they wish to present for consideration that are not included.
The options along with background information can be found in Staff Memo No. 1 and are summarized below: Continue reading School Data Committee to Weigh Policy Options
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its third meeting on Wednesday, September 14. The committee heard presentations from information University of Wisconsin – Madison researchers, two data policy experts, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Meeting
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its second meeting on Tuesday, August 16. Margaret Murphy of the Neenah School Board is a public member of the committee.
The study committee members heard presentations from information security officials from the Department of Administration (DOA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and several private student data organizations. Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Holds Second Meeting
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