The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session. However, before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate. Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.
Bills the WASB Supports: Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20
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
Two bills dealing with student assessments and authored by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) chair of the Assembly Education Committee were passed by the Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.
Assembly Bill 300 would require each school board to prepare a summary written in commonly understood language that includes all of the following: Continue reading Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly
As noted in a previous post, Assembly Bill 304 and Assembly Bill 300 have been scheduled for a hearing next week. This post explores the potential impact of these bills.
When Must an Opt-Out Be Granted Under Current Law?
The current state statute establishing a parental right to opt-out children from testing was enacted when the only required assessments were those required by state law. It predates federal testing requirements enacted under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and continued under its successor, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a not-entirely-surprising result, current state law requires an opt-out to be granted only for state-mandated tests but not for testing that is federally-required under ESSA.
Continue reading More on the Student Exam Notices and Opt-Out Bills
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
For nearly a half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a professional educators organization, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
This year’s poll reveals Americans are divided on a host of bedrock education issues, including the goals of education, standards, funding and more.
Most adults continue to think highly of their community’s schools—48 percent give their local schools and “A” or “B” grade compared to just 24 percent for public schools nationally. The percentage of Americans who give positive grades to the nation’s schools is up 7 points since 2014, while grades for local public schools have remained steady in recent years. The gap between the two is the smallest it has been since 2008. Continue reading 48th Annual PDK Poll: Americans are Divided on the Role of Public Schools, Importance of Career & Tech Ed vs. Academics