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2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

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.
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Yet another change proposed to “Teacher Protection Act”

The author of the so-called “Teacher Protection Act,” state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) has introduced a simple amendment to his latest stripped-down version of the bill  (see previous post).  The amended Assembly Bill 693 is scheduled to be taken up by the full Assembly today (Feb. 22) as a special order of business.

Assembly Amendment 1 to Assembly Substitute Amendment 2 addresses some, but not all, of the concerns expressed by the WASB and by school administrators.  The amended bill is expected to pass notwithstanding the WASB’s objections.

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“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

“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

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
9:00 AM
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

January 2018 Legislative Session Update

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

“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Introduced

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

Rep. Thiesfeldt Circulates Teacher Protection Act

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, has circulated his “Teacher Protection Act” bill for co-sponsorship in the state Legislature.  This is the opportunity for other lawmakers to put their names on the bill as supporters. Here are links to the bill draft and co-sponsorship memo.

Based on our member-approved resolutions, the WASB opposes this bill as drafted.  To be clear, all teachers deserve to teach in a safe environment and we appreciate the good intentions behind this bill.  That being said, the bill upsets the administrative chain of command in school districts by allowing teachers to unilaterally suspend and remove students from class without having to adhere to school board disciplinary policies, school district behavioral intervention plans, a student’s individual educational plan or a student’s service plan.

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