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Senate passes stripped-down school safety package

Late last night the state Senate, on a bipartisan 28-4 vote, approved a stripped-down version of Gov. Scott Walker’s school safety package.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) indicated he had reached last-minute agreements with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) on school safety and other issues and  Assembly GOP lawmakers are scheduled to discuss those matters today.

It is expected that the Assembly will take up the Senate school safety package Thursday (March 22).  Passing the Senate version is likely the only way to get something to the governor as Sen. Fitzgerald stated the Senate will not return to the floor to take up any amendments. Continue reading Senate passes stripped-down school safety package

Public hearing on school safety bills tomorrow (March 20)

The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), has scheduled a public hearing on the March 2018 special session Assembly bills that make up Gov. Scott Walker’s school safety package.

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10:00 AM
417 North (GAR Hall) Continue reading Public hearing on school safety bills tomorrow (March 20)

Governor to sign bill increasing Sparsity Aid, Low-Revenue Ceiling into law

Governor Scott Walker will sign Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), into law Monday morning (March 12) at Riverdale High School in Muscoda. The bill signing ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.

The bill increases the payments to each school district eligible for sparsity aid from $300 per pupil to $400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018−19 school year.

The bill also increases the low revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, and increases the revenue ceiling by $100 per pupil each school year thereafter until it reaches $9,800 per pupil in the 2022-23 school year.

Extra:  Map Showing School Districts Eligible for Increased Sparsity Aid and/or Low Revenue Ceiling Relief under AB 835

“Teacher Protection Act” clears committee, will get Assembly floor vote

Despite the objections of the WASB and school administrators, Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured), cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a very “stripped down” version (Assembly Substitute Amendment 2) of the original bill on a 6-3 party-line vote.  The bill will be taken up by the full Assembly on Feb. 22nd as part of the last-day-of session marathon calendar. Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” clears committee, will get Assembly floor vote

Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers

The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers.  The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.

Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%.  DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith.  Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers

Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed

The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20 on a vote of 31-1.  Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) was the only No vote.  The state Assembly had previously passed the bill on a 91-2 vote and it now goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

Also approved by the state Senate: Continue reading Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed

Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20

The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to take up Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20.  The state Assembly has already passed AB 835 on a vote of 91-2.  If passed by the state Senate, it goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.

The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. An amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved by the Assembly.

Also on the February 20th calendar: Continue reading Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20