Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican-authored bill (Senate Bill 67) that ensures student scores on the statewide “Badger Exam” all publicly-funded students in grades 3 through 8 are taking this spring won’t be used in evaluating teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.
The roll-out of the Badger Exam–which was known as the SmarterBalanced Assessment before it was renamed by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)– is aligned with the Common Core academic standards. The test was beset by implementation problems and higher than anticipated costs. generating widespread criticism from parents, school districts, state policymakers and the governor. Continue reading Gov. Walker Signs “Data Delay” Bill Into Law
Gov. Scott Walker has called a July 21 special election to fill the state Senate seat of Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), who plans to resign July 17.
Sen. Farrow, who currently chairs the Senate Education Reform Committee and has been a leading voice in the debate over school accountability, was elected as the Waukesha County executive on April 4. He is resigning to focus full-time on his new position and duties. Continue reading Gov. Walker Sets July 21 Special Election to Fill Farrow’s Seat
See what education-related bills are moving in the state legislature. Included are updates on bills passing through the Assembly or Senate, bills advancing through standing committees, new bills being introduced, bill drafts being sent out to other legislators for support, and even administrative rules from state agencies. For additional information on these and other state education-related bills check out the State Bill Tracking Chart. We will also pass on federal updates from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) when warranted. Continue reading Bill Tracking For Week of 4/21/15
State Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), chair of the Senate Committee on Education Reform and Government Operations has put forward a new version (Senate Sub. Amdt. 1 to Senate Bill 1) of the school accountability bill he authored earlier this session and has set a committee vote on the new version for early afternoon tomorrow (Thursday, April 16).
A committee vote on the new version that had been set for Thursday, April 16 was postponed. Sen. Farrow indicated a drafting error was partially to blame and that an issue had been identified with respect to student privacy and pupil records in cases where voucher schools provide the DPI with test results from their private pay students. Both issues need to be addressed before the proposal can move forward. Continue reading Sen. Farrow Offers Substitute Amendment to Senate Accountability Bill (SB 1)
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee says it appears unlikely that a deal can be reached with the state Senate to pass a school accountability bill this session.
His comments came Wednesday in response to Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) scheduling a vote on a new version of his proposal (Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1) that doesn’t include sanctions for failing schools. That is something Thiesfeldt and other Assembly Republicans have maintained they want included in the bill. Continue reading Thiesfeldt: School Accountability Deal Appears Unlikely
Former state Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) was sworn in as a state Senator today in an informal ceremony for family and friends in his hometown. Stroebel was elected in a special election held on April 7 to fill the 20th Senate District seat vacated by the election in November 2014, of Glenn Grothman to the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously served in the state Assembly, giving up that seat to run in the Republican primary for the seat won by Mr. Grothman. Senator Stroebel is a former member of the Cedarburg School Board. He is expected to be formally sworn in on Tuesday, April 21 in an official Senate ceremony.
Also on April 7, state Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) won election as Waukesha County Executive. News reports indicate that Sen. Farrow will continue to serve as a state senator at least temporarily but plans to resign his Senate seat after enactment of the biennial state budget bill. Senator Farrow is a former member of the Richmond School Board. Continue reading Changes in the State Senate