After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session. Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.
If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart. Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
Continue reading 2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up
On Tuesday, March 14, the Senate Economic Development, Commerce, and Local Government Committee will hold a public hearing at 10AM on two bills: Senate Bill 42 relating to posting meeting minutes on a school district’s website and Senate Bill 62 authorizing a school board member to refuse their salary. If you can attend the hearing to testify on SB 42 and/or have questions about testifying at a hearing please contact the WASB GR team.
SB 42, which the WASB strongly supports, would allow certain districts to post governing body meeting minutes in one public place and on the community’s web site, instead of paying for newspaper publication. The Assembly Local Government Committee held a hearing last week on the Assembly companion bill, Assembly Bill 70. The WASB testified in support of the bill. Continue reading ALERT: Public Hearing on Modernizing Minutes and Board Member Salary Bills Tomorrow
The WASB spoke out in support of a bill (Assembly Bill 70) to eliminate a legislative mandate that certain school boards pay to publish the proceedings of their board meetings in the local newspaper at a public hearing held Wednesday.
Dan Rossmiller, WASB Government Relations Director, and Brett Hyde, Vice-President of the Muskego-Norway School Board, were among those speaking in favor of Assembly Bill 70. Mr. Hyde also serves as a WASB Regional Director from Region 11 and is currently the WASB’s 2nd Vice President.
An identical Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 42 has been scheduled for a public hearing (see notice) in the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government on Tuesday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.
Continue reading WASB Testifies in Support of Modernizing Minutes Bill—AB 70
Assembly Bill 70, a bill to allow local school boards to decide how best to inform the public of board meeting minutes (also called proceedings), has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, March 8. We need school board members and administrators to show up and testify in support of this WASB-initiated bill. WASB will be there but we can’t do it alone. If you can attend the hearing to testify and/or have questions about testifying at a hearing please contact the WASB GR team. Continue reading ALERT: School Leaders Needed to Testify at Hearing on Modernizing Minutes Bill
The WASB-initiated bill to modernize the publication of school board meeting minutes (proceedings) authored by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) has been introduced as Assembly Bill 70. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Local Government chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) who is also a co-author of the bill.
This bill authorizes school boards (and other local government entities) to satisfy their legal obligation to publish the proceedings of regular and special meetings by posting a copy of the proceedings in a public place and electronically placing a copy on the school district website.
Continue reading Modernizing Publication of School Board Meeting Minutes Bill is Introduced
Determining who your state legislators are and contacting them is quick and easy. It is also very timely and important as there are already two bills being circulated that we strongly support: Sept 1 school start date repeal and modernizing the publishing of board meeting minutes. All the information you need is below in two easy steps:
Continue reading February Advocacy Tip: Contacting your Lawmakers in 2 Easy Steps
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