Nearly nine months ago, the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding issued its recommendations. Ever since, school leaders have been waiting patiently for those recommendations to be put forward as legislation.
Recently, however, a number of bills have been put forward to implement recommendations made by the Commission. Several are described below:
Senate Bill 182 and Assembly Bill 196, a pair of companion bills authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), would expand eligibility for sparsity aid in a way that mirrors the recommendations made by both the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Rural Schools Task Force (2013). (See Recommendation #2 under Sparsity Aid on page 7 of the Commission Report.)
Continue reading Bills Reflecting Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations Are Being Advanced
A state Senate committee vote has been scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 19) on a bill — Senate Bill 169 — that, as introduced, would repeal Wisconsin’s state “gun-free school zones” statute.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety included the SB 169, also known as the permit-less carry bill, as the final item in its public notice of an executive session (i.e., a committee vote on the bill) for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South, State Capitol. Continue reading Committee Vote Scheduled on Right-to-Carry Bill With Implications for Schools
The Assembly Co-Chair of the state’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) said today in a press conference that state Assembly and state Senate leaders are making progress in closed-door meetings on K-12 provisions in the state budget. Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette, pictured) said the meetings were productive and he thought they could come to agreement rather quickly. Along with Rep. Nygren, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) also participated in the negotiations on the Assembly side. Wispolitics.com reported that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Senate JFC Co-Chair Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) were also involved in the meetings.
Rep. Nygren said he was hopeful that K-12 funding would be taken up by JFC next week. We have previously posted on the competing K-12 plans each house has been advocating for: Details Emerge on Senate GOP K-12 Plan; Assembly GOP Releases Sweeping K-12 Funding Plan; New Assembly School Funding Proposal Creates State Budget Impasse
The WASB testified in opposition to the permit-less carry bill Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), at a public hearing this week. As outlined in our testimony, our position was based on resolutions voted on by school board members via our annual Delegate Assembly.
Gov. Walker told the WI State Journal Thursday he supports current law and continuing to require Wisconsin residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons.
View our testimony below: Continue reading WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill
A bill draft (LRB-2039/1) released today (3/28) by state Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend, Town of Vernon) and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) would provide for the so-called “constitutional carry” of firearms in Wisconsin. Under this proposal, dubbed the “Right to Carry” bill, gun owners who can legally own a firearm would no longer be required to obtain a license in order to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin. Continue reading Bill to Allow “Constitutional Carry” of Firearms Could Impact Schools, Boards
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) will return as the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), the powerful state budget-writing committee. Two new committee members, Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah, were appointed to replace retiring Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) while Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) was removed from the committee.
See the full list below, along with the school districts each represents. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a great position to have the ear of legislators who are very influential in the development of the state budget: Continue reading School Districts Represented by GOP Members of Joint Finance Committee
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the first recipients of the Wisconsin’s Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program. This investment has the ability to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, providing Wisconsin’s children with valuable job training and bringing them into the 21st Century’s global economy.
Continue reading 25 School Districts Receive Grants for Fab Lab Equipment