After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session. Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.
If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart. Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
Continue reading 2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up
A bill to repeal the existing state statute that prohibits Wisconsin public school districts from beginning the school term prior to Sept. 1 has been introduced as Assembly Bill 103.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).
No information is available at this time on when the bill may be scheduled for a public hearing. Continue reading School Start Date Bill Introduced
Here is the list of state legislators signed on as co-authors (supporters) of the Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) school start date mandate repeal bill as of this afternoon (Feb 8):
Senate: Senators Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield)
Assembly: Representatives Kathleen Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Lee Nerison (R-Westby), Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), Daniel Reimer (D-Milwaukee), Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek), Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), Don Vruwink (D-Milton) Continue reading Start Date Repeal Bill Supporters – Do You See Your Legislators?
The WASB has developed a sample board resolution supporting repeal of the Sept 1 start date law. It is posted on our new Boards Taking Action page (also linked above in the gray bar). You will also find letters from various business groups and chambers of commerce supporting local school district control of the start date provided by the Northland Pines School District.
We will be posting additional sample resolutions on emerging topics on that page as well as resolutions passed by Wisconsin school boards. We invite boards to use the resolutions posted there as samples to help guide your board’s advocacy efforts. Continue reading Sample School Start Date Resolution Available
Determining who your state legislators are and contacting them is quick and easy. It is also very timely and important as there are already two bills being circulated that we strongly support: Sept 1 school start date repeal and modernizing the publishing of board meeting minutes. All the information you need is below in two easy steps:
Continue reading February Advocacy Tip: Contacting your Lawmakers in 2 Easy Steps
State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured) and state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) are circulating a bill draft (LRB 1378) to repeal the September 1 start date mandate. The bill would allow local school boards to determine the start date for the fall semester beginning in the 2018-19 school year. It would not require districts to begin school before September 1st, nor will it affect the number of days of instruction. We encourage you to contact your state legislators and urge them to sign on as a co-author of LRB 1378. The deadline is February 10.
The WASB strongly supports this bill on local control grounds, a position that was reinforced at the Delegate Assembly this year. It is important that we get as many legislators to sign on to these bills as possible. The tourism industry will be contacting lawmakers asking them not to support it. We need to make our voice heard!
The WASB Delegate Assembly met and voted on proposed resolutions submitted by school boards and vetted through the WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee last week in Milwaukee at the Joint Education Convention. A recap, the Delegate Assembly Reporter, has been posted on our website.
The Delegates approved resolutions on state funding for mental health supports in schools, repealing the Sept 1 start date mandate, adjustments to revenue limits to allow low spending districts to catch up, and reaffirming local school board governance in relation to recovery school districts or other mechanisms among others. See all of the items in the Delegate Assembly Reporter.