Although the state Senate will still meet at least one more time this session and we expect it to pass additional bills, here is a list of the bills affecting public K-12 education that have passed both houses and are ready to be delivered to Governor Walker’s desk:
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The state Assembly is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22. A proposed calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday has been released including the following bills related to K-12 education:
Assembly Bill 215: Education about nutrition.
The Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on two bills on Thursday , Feb. 1:
Assembly Bill 569 relating to: publication of school and school district accountability reports.
This bill is companion bill to Senate Bill 494, which the WASB supports. Senate Bill 494 was passed by the state Senate on Jan. 23. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee hearing held on Feb. 1
As we posted previously, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the school and district accountability report cards showing 82% of public and private schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations for educating students by earning at least three stars. Over 95 percent of the state’s public school districts earned a three-star rating or higher.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is set to publish school and school district report cards tomorrow morning.
We expect DPI’s news release to go out at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, and the public report cards will be available after that, likely by or around 7 a.m.
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”