The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its first meeting on Tuesday, July 12. Margaret Murphy of the Neenah School Board is a public member of the Committee.
The Study Committee members heard presentations from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Continue reading Recap: School Data Study Committee Holds First Meeting
The Legislative Council has created seven interim study committees, including three—a Study Committee on School Data, a Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices; and a Study Committee on Rural Broadband—that are likely to be of special interest to school board members and other school leaders. You can find a brief description of each study committee, its chair and vice chair, and the proposed scope of its assignment here.
For each approved study topic, a committee is appointed that is comprised of legislative and public members with expertise or interest in the issue. Continue reading Legislative Council Announces Study Committees
Governor Walker plans to sign two bills relating to K-12 education today. They are:
AB 478 Pupil Records of Pupils in Out-of-Home Placement – Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
This bill is designed to permit child welfare workers to gain access to pupil records of pupils in out-of-home placement (e.g., foster care). It incorporates into state law recent changes made to the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal educational privacy law) by the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.
The bill will permit a school board, on request, to disclose pupil records that are pertinent to addressing a pupil’s educational needs to a caseworker or other representative of DCF, a county department, or a tribal organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the pupil, if the caseworker or other representative is authorized by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), that county’s department, or that tribal organization to access the pupil’s case plan. Continue reading Governor to Sign Two Education Bills Today
A pair of bills designed to permit child welfare workers to gain access to pupil records of pupils in out-of-home placement (e.g., foster care) received public hearings yesterday.
Assembly Bill 478 had a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Children and Families while it’s identical companion bill, Senate Bill 353 was heard by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Wednesday (Jan. 6). The bills are authored by state Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills). Continue reading Bills on Pupil Records Disclosure for Pupils in Out-of-Home Placement Receive Public Hearings