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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

Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin  Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:

Assembly Bill 780Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records.  This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care.  It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing.   AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).  (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13

School Board Member Wins State Senate Special Election

From Wisconsin Public Radio:

Democrats pulled off a political upset in the election for Wisconsin’s 10th state Senate seat Tuesday, capturing a district that Republicans have held since 2001 and that President Donald Trump won handily just 14 months ago.

Results reported Tuesday night by county clerks showed Democrat Patty Schachtner, of Somerset, defeating Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake by a 55-44 percent margin.

Shortly after the numbers came out, Jarchow took to social media to concede the race.

“I just called Patty Schachtner and congratulated her on her victory tonight,” said Jarchow. “I look forward to working with her as our new state Senator. Thank you to all who worked so hard for our campaign.”

Schachtner is the first Democrat to hold the 10th Senate seat since 2000.

Schachtner is also a school board member from the School District of Somerset.

Special Election for State Legislature Next Tuesday, Jan. 16

The special election for three seats in the state legislature, one state Senate seat and two state Assembly seats, is happening next Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Here are the seats and candidates that are vying for them:

State Senate District 10 – Parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties

Dem: Patty Schachnter is the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset School Board member from the town of Star Prairie.

GOP: Adam Jarchow has been in the state Assembly since  2014 representing the 28th Assembly District and is an attorney from Balsam Lake. Continue reading Special Election for State Legislature Next Tuesday, Jan. 16

Gov. Walker Confirmed to Speak at Education Convention on Jan. 19; State of the State Address Likely to be on Jan. 24

Governor Scott Walker has confirmed he will be speaking at the Joint Education Convention in Milwaukee on Friday, January 19 during the 10:30 a.m. general session.

Also,  Governor Walker’s 2018 State of the State Address will likely be held Wednesday, January 24.  The presiding officers of the Senate and Assembly sent a joint letter inviting the governor to hold his annual address that day. The speech is held before a joint session of the legislature and a specific time has not yet been announced.

The Convention speech and State of the State could provide some clues as to what will be the focus of the governor’s reelection campaign and if any K-12 education initiatives are  included.  We will update you with more information when it is available.

Special Election Primary Results

Results are in for the primary special election held on Tuesday, December 19 to fill vacant seats in the state legislature.  The general special election is scheduled to follow on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

State Senate District 10 – Parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties

GOP: State Rep. Adam Jarchow (Balsam Lake, pictured) defeated state Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (River Falls). Continue reading Special Election Primary Results