Ahead of Gov. Evers’ anticipated introduction of his proposed 2019-21 state budget on Thursday (Feb. 28), we thought this would be a good time to let you know about just a few of the non-budget advocacy activities the WASB Government Relations Team has been engaged with.
Method for Giving Notice of Special Board Meetings – We’ve been working with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on draft legislation to modernize the statutory procedures for providing notice of special school board meetings. The language would mirror a similar change made last session which updated the statutes relating to giving notice of special city council meetings. We expect this draft bill will be circulated for co-signers in the coming weeks. Continue reading As we await Gov. Evers’ budget, WASB GR staff is working with lawmakers on legislation
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
The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session. However, before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate. Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.
Bills the WASB Supports: Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20
Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary chaired by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured):
Assembly Judiciary Committee
Thursday, January 11, 2018
North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North)
The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions. See our previous post on the bill for more information on the bill. Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing
The 2017-18 state legislative floor session will soon draw to a close. The session that began on January 3, 2017 is slated to end on March 22, 2018 and could conclude before then, according to reports from the Capitol. While three two-week periods—January 16 to 25, February 13 to 22, and March 13 to 22, 2018—are designated as floorperiods, the state Senate and Assembly will not likely be on the floor more than a couple of those days. Continue reading January 2018 Legislative Session Update
Assembly Bill 693, also known as the “Teacher Protection Act”, has been introduced in the Assembly and referred to the Judiciary Committee. Seem like a strange committee choice? The bill is authored by Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and new Assembly rules aim to avoid having bills authored by committee chairs go to the chair’s own committee (Rep. Thiesfeldt is a member of the Judiciary Committee, but not the chair). No Senate companion bill was introduced and there are no state Senators signed on to the bill as cosponsors.
The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions (see below for specifics). Below is a summary of the provisions of AB 693: Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced
WASB President Terry McCloskey (Three Lakes) and WASB Government Relations Specialist Chris Kulow (both pictured at left) testified yesterday before the Assembly Education Committee in support of a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession.
Joining them in supporting the bill were three school district administrators—Chris Metras from Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Scott Sabol of Mayville and Ben Niehaus of Florence County—and Cedarburg School Board member Rick Leach, who spoke as an individual. It was concern on the part of district administrators and local school boards that brought this matter to the WASB’s attention.
View WKOW-TV coverage of hearing
Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Hearing Update