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Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

The Senate Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.

The committee is chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and is scheduled to take public testimony on the following bills:

PUBLIC HEARING

Senate Bill 138 Relating to: professional development training in character education for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Continue reading Senate education committee schedules public hearing and vote

Bills imposing legislative mandates on schools are cropping up

The WASB GR Team does our best to try to minimize or eliminate legislative mandates on schools, especially unfunded mandates that require school boards to spend money and other resources.  Often, the best way to guard against such mandates is to speak out before they become law.

Below is a sampling of currently proposed mandate measures that have come to our attention in the 2019-20 Legislative Session.  (In assembling this list, we make no judgements as to the merits or value of the proposals but simply note that each of the proposals would impose legislative mandates on schools.) Continue reading Bills imposing legislative mandates on schools are cropping up

Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.

Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year.  Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Sen. Luther Olsen named chair of Senate education committee

State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) returns as chair of the Senate Committee on Education. Sen. Olsen is a former Berlin school board member and has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004.  He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Senate in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs.  Vice chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet.  The new session begins on January 7, 2019.

Yet another change proposed to “Teacher Protection Act”

The author of the so-called “Teacher Protection Act,” state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) has introduced a simple amendment to his latest stripped-down version of the bill  (see previous post).  The amended Assembly Bill 693 is scheduled to be taken up by the full Assembly today (Feb. 22) as a special order of business.

Assembly Amendment 1 to Assembly Substitute Amendment 2 addresses some, but not all, of the concerns expressed by the WASB and by school administrators.  The amended bill is expected to pass notwithstanding the WASB’s objections.

Continue reading Yet another change proposed to “Teacher Protection Act”

Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced

Joint Finance Committee:

  • Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
    The WASB supports these identical companion bills based on WASB Resolutions 2.16, 2.425 & 2.43.
  • A big thank you to Tim Stellmacher of the West Bend School Board (pictured) for taking the time to come and testify in support of the bill during the public hearing (on Feb. 7) along with administrators from Mukwonago, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oostburg and Slinger.

Continue reading Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced

Senate Education Committee will hold public hearing tomorrow

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), will hold a public hearing at 9AM on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in room 300 Southeast in the state Capitol on the following proposals:

Senate Bill 711
Relating to: a pilot grant program to support college courses taught in high
schools and making an appropriation.
By Senators Olsen, Darling, Feyen and Bewley; cosponsored by Representatives
Rohrkaste, Kooyenga, Quinn and Sinicki. Continue reading Senate Education Committee will hold public hearing tomorrow