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.
Continue reading Yet another change proposed to “Teacher Protection Act”
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 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
The Wheeler Report, a Capitol-based, paid subscription news service that provides subscribers with e-mail reports about current goings-on at the State Capitol, reported this morning on a piece of legislation under development by Assembly Education Committee chairman, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), which Rep. Thiesfeldt has labelled the “Teacher Protection Act.”
The WASB has been engaged in what we have understood to be strictly confidential discussions with Rep. Thiesfeldt and his staff regarding our concerns about this legislation. Now that this proposal has become the subject of public news reports, we are sharing what has been reported because we believe this subject matter will be of interest to many school boards and administrators. Continue reading Wheeler Report: Rep. Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”