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“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced

Assembly Bill 693, also known as the “Teacher Protection Act”, has been introduced in the Assembly and referred to the Judiciary Committee. Seem like a strange committee choice?  The bill is authored by Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and new Assembly rules aim to avoid having bills authored by committee chairs go to the chair’s own committee (Rep. Thiesfeldt is a member of the Judiciary Committee, but not the chair).  No Senate companion bill was introduced and there are no state Senators signed on to the bill as cosponsors.

The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions (see below for specifics).  Below is a summary of the provisions of AB 693: Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced

Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on some high profile bills and their chances for becoming law in the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session based on conversations with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau, pictured).  Included in the story was the “Right to Carry” bill that we have posted on here before and has implications for school districts.

From the MJS: Continue reading Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

Rep. Thiesfeldt Circulates Teacher Protection Act

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, has circulated his “Teacher Protection Act” bill for co-sponsorship in the state Legislature.  This is the opportunity for other lawmakers to put their names on the bill as supporters. Here are links to the bill draft and co-sponsorship memo.

Based on our member-approved resolutions, the WASB opposes this bill as drafted.  To be clear, all teachers deserve to teach in a safe environment and we appreciate the good intentions behind this bill.  That being said, the bill upsets the administrative chain of command in school districts by allowing teachers to unilaterally suspend and remove students from class without having to adhere to school board disciplinary policies, school district behavioral intervention plans, a student’s individual educational plan or a student’s service plan.

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Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”

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”

WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill

The WASB testified in opposition to the permit-less carry bill Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), at a public hearing this week.  As outlined in our testimony, our position was based on resolutions voted on by school board members via our annual Delegate Assembly.

Gov. Walker told the WI State Journal Thursday he supports current law and continuing to require Wisconsin residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons.

View our testimony below: Continue reading WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill

Senate Finishes Session by Passing Voucher Funding Adjustment Bill, Among Others

Last night the state Senate wrapped up its work for the two-year 2015-2016 session by passing over 85 items, including:

  • Senate Bill 615, a bill affecting the special needs voucher program. The bill had previously passed the Senate but had to come back for a vote on an amendment added to this bill by the state Assembly. That amendment reduces the amount of local property tax revenue public school districts can raise to offset the state aid they lose when students who reside in the district participate in the statewide voucher program. Under the amendment, school districts with resident pupils who participate in either the statewide or Racine voucher programs may raise an equal to the amount of state aid they lose to private school vouchers. Senators approved the amendment on a 19-13 party line vote.

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Governor to Sign Two Education Bills Today

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