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
From WisDOJ: “Attorney General Josh Kaul announced today the release of the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol and Wisconsin Comprehensive School Security Framework, providing educators and partners a comprehensive set of policies that support school safety efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) is also this week hosting a free school threat assessment conference for educators, behavioral health professionals and law enforcement.
WASB Note: Schools are NOT mandated to implement the policies laid out in the documents. They are being made available as resources and best practices that school officials can consider. Continue reading School safety guidelines and resources released
Key selected highlights of the governor’s K-12 education budget include the following:
School Funding Reform Provisions Continue reading Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget
As we move into 2019, we decided to take a look back at the ten most viewed posts here at the Legislative Update blog in 2018. One of the biggest stories was the creation of the school safety grants administered by the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and that is reflected here as six of the top ten were on that topic.
What will be the top posts of 2019? Only time will tell, but a good bet is the 2019-21 state budget debate that is already beginning. Thanks for reading and we look forward to keeping our readers up to date on important K-12 legislative happenings in 2019!
Top Ten 2018 Legislative Update Posts (by views) Continue reading School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018
From the Office of School Safety:
“The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released today Exercise Starter Kits for the K-12 community focused on an active shooter incident as part of the Campus Resilience (CR) Program. The Exercise Starter kits were developed in support of Department’s school safety efforts, including its work with the Federal Commission on School Safety.
From a DOJ release:
Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced 66 schools and school districts will receive $3,969,793 from the second round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, which focuses on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.
A list of schools and school districts that were awarded round two school safety grants through September 19, 2018, is set forth below. Continue reading AG Schimel announces $4 million in round 2 school safety grant awards