During the summer and fall of each even-numbered year, the Joint Legislative Council selects a number of subjects for study from suggestions submitted by legislators.
As noted in a previous post, two 2018 study committees will be of particular interest to school leaders: the Legislative Council Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia; and the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds. The membership of those two study groups has been finalized. Continue reading Legislative Council Study Committee members named
Assembly Education Committee chairman, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured), Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) are asking fellow lawmakers to sign on to a proposal to update and modernize the requirement for government entities to publish meeting proceedings (minutes) in local newspapers. This proposal could save many school districts thousands of dollars a year in publishing costs. We encourage you to contact your legislator and ask them to sign on as a co-author of LRB 0506 – publication of minutes. The deadline is February 7.
The WASB worked with Rep. Thiesfeldt’s office to develop the proposal based on Resolution 1.60 approved by the 2016 Delegate Assembly: Continue reading ALERT: Support WASB-Initiated Bipartisan Bill to Modernize Publishing of Meeting Proceedings
The committee rejected with a 12-4 vote a Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) motion to remove all non-fiscal policy items from the budget. She said items such as expanding school choice should be taken up as standalone legislation. “These are important issues and they shouldn’t be hidden in a budget,” Sen. Taylor said.
Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) disagreed, saying the inclusion of such policy items is standard practice and each item will be open to debate. “This is really the governor’s one kick at the cat,” Rep. Nygren said, “as far as introducing policies of his own.” Continue reading Joint Finance Committee Retains All K-12 Non-Fiscal Policy in Budget