On June 18, the state Assembly met in floor session to act on a number of bills. K-12 education-related bills to expand the minority teacher loan program, include parent/guardian names as directory data under the state’s pupil records law, allow schools to provide prior notice of school safety drills to certain students and require certain information on school report cards were each approved on a voice vote (unanimously). A bill requiring the DPI to create a guidebook on dyslexia and related conditions for use by school districts and parents was approved on a vote of 76-21. These bills now head to the state Senate for consideration. Continue reading Assembly passes a number of K-12 bills
The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol. The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) and is scheduled to take public testimony on three bills:
Assembly Bill 53 Relating to: pupil records.
By Representatives Born, Jagler, Plumer, Brooks, Novak, Thiesfeldt, Tusler and Vruwink; cosponsored by Senators Olsen and Darling. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 4
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 Wheeler Report, a Capitol-based, paid subscription news service that provides subscribers with e-mail reports about current goings-on at the State Capitol, reported this morning on a piece of legislation under development by Assembly Education Committee chairman, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), which Rep. Thiesfeldt has labelled the “Teacher Protection Act.”
The WASB has been engaged in what we have understood to be strictly confidential discussions with Rep. Thiesfeldt and his staff regarding our concerns about this legislation. Now that this proposal has become the subject of public news reports, we are sharing what has been reported because we believe this subject matter will be of interest to many school boards and administrators. Continue reading Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data met for the final time Thursday (Nov. 17) and unanimously voted to recommend two formal bill drafts for legislation and three informal recommendations for further consideration and possible legislation.
In general, the recommendations from the committee require the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide model plans or informational resources regarding school data best practices to school districts. School boards retain their local decision-making in these areas. Continue reading School Data Study Committee Approves Recommendations
The Study Committee on School Data began discussing options for committee consideration to be included in possible legislation or recommendations to the Legislature. The options were developed by Legislative Council Staff based on suggestions raised by speakers and committee members at the July and August committee meetings. These options are intended to assist the committee by serving as a starting point for discussion. Committee members may have additional issues that they wish to present for consideration that are not included.
The options along with background information can be found in Staff Memo No. 1 and are summarized below: Continue reading School Data Committee to Weigh Policy Options
The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its second meeting on Tuesday, August 16. Margaret Murphy of the Neenah School Board is a public member of the committee.
The study committee members heard presentations from information security officials from the Department of Administration (DOA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and several private student data organizations. Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Holds Second Meeting