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WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills

The 2019-20 legislative session is in full swing and numerous bills affecting K-12 education have already been introduced.

When legislation related to K-12 education is introduced, the WASB GR staff will analyze the bill and cross reference it with the resolutions that have been adopted by previous WASB Delegate Assemblies to determine what position we should take on the bill.  Sometimes we will not take a position on a bill but will monitor it. Continue reading WASB bill tracking chart helps you follow K-12 education-related bills

Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac),  relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.

SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.  Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs.  Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

School safety grants dominate list of most viewed posts in 2018

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

Extraordinary session passes bill requiring settlement funds to be deposited in the general fund and not the common school fund

The package of legislation passed early the morning of Dec 5 in extraordinary session by the Wisconsin Legislature contains the language that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.

WASB and others asked lawmakers to remove that language based on our view that those funds are arguably constitutionally required to be deposited into the common school fund established by Wisconsin’s original state constitution.  Read more on our position here.  WASB is asking Governor Scott Walker to veto the bill that contained these provisions. See our veto letter here.

Study committee proposes dyslexia specialist & guidebook

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia met to finalize two bill drafts and three informal recommendations on December 4 in the State Capitol.  The committee will forward the bills and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council who will decide whether to advance the bills to the full legislature.

The first proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to hire a dyslexia specialist beginning in the 2019-20 school year with certain duties and qualifications laid out in the legislation. Continue reading Study committee proposes dyslexia specialist & guidebook

School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election.  Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval.  Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

Dyslexia study committee set to make recommendations on Oct. 23

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 23 to consider making several recommendations, including proposed legislation.  The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison.

One proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in consultation with an advisory committee created under the bill, to develop a guidebook related to reading difficulties and dyslexia for pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Continue reading Dyslexia study committee set to make recommendations on Oct. 23