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
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.
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
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
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
The state Assembly passed the school safety package yesterday evening (March 22) that had already been approved by the state Senate, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor and be signed into law. The legislation passed with strong bipartisan support on a 78-8 vote and sources indicate the governor plans to sign the bill into law early next week.
Included in the legislation approved by both houses of the legislature are provisions: Continue reading Assembly passes school safety package; heads to Gov. Walker
The state Assembly will take up this afternoon the school safety package introduced at the request of Gov. Walker and modified by the state Senate on Tuesday. Just what version the Assembly will be taking up remains a question, however.
While it appeared there was agreement on the issue, Assembly GOP leaders indicated yesterday (March 21) they were still discussing the issue with their colleagues and were considering making changes which would require the bill to go back to the Senate for their approval. According to Wispolitics.com: Continue reading Assembly to take up school safety package today amid differences with the Senate