Governor Walker signed into law two bills supported by the WASB in a signing ceremony at the State Capitol this morning.
Senate Bill 301 expands the online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either the statutory graduation requirement in health education or its own requirements for graduation. Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meets the requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid. Continue reading Governor signs two WASB-supported bills into law
Although the state Senate will still meet at least one more time this session and we expect it to pass additional bills, here is a list of the bills affecting public K-12 education that have passed both houses and are ready to be delivered to Governor Walker’s desk:
Continue reading K-12 education bills currently awaiting the governor’s signature
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The state Assembly is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22. A proposed calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday has been released including the following bills related to K-12 education:
Assembly Bill 215: Education about nutrition.
Continue reading Several K-12 bills to be taken up in Assembly Feb. 20-21
The state Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow on nine bills, many of which would impose mandates on public schools. The hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol.
Bill scheduled to be heard include:
Senate Bill 159, relating to: nutrition education. The WASB opposes provisions in this bill that would impose a graduation requirement that students must complete a half-credit health education class that includes nutrition education, but supports amending the bill to remove this mandate. If this mandate were dropped, the WASB would be neutral on this bill. Continue reading Senate Education Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday, Dec. 19