The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.
The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB. Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review
A year ago, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces including the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education. According to the Speaker, the goal of each task force was to explore possible solutions and recommend legislation to the full Assembly.
The Urban Education Task Force chair, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), released her final report in June. Vice-chair Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb, pictured), on behalf of the task force Democrats, released a minority report which makes the following recommendations: Continue reading Democrats Release Urban Education Task Force Minority Report
The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education has released its final report. The task force was convened by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) last year and chaired by Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) with the aim of improving educational outcomes at urban schools.
Vice Chair Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) issued a statement indicating Democrats on the task force would be releasing their own separate report soon.
The recommendations are:
Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations
With about a month left in the current legislative session, activity in legislative committees is high with legislators trying to push bills through before time runs out. The WASB Government Relations team has been camped out in the Capitol the last few days and we want to provide an update on what bills are moving.
Bills that received public hearing this week include: Continue reading Flurry of Committee Activity As Legislative Session End Draws Near
EXECUTIVE ACTION BY ASSEMBLY EDUCATION
AB-517 School Crime Reporting (Jagler, John (R-Watertown)) Reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events and granting rule−making authority. Am.1 adopted, 16-0. Passage as amended recommended, 11-5.
WASB opposes this bill as drafted, although we view the amended version as an improvement.
AB-581 Vocational Teaching Licenses (Knodl, Daniel (R-Germantown)) Licenses to teach vocational education subjects. Passage recommended, 10-5.
WASB is neutral on this bill. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Recap (Jan. 14)
The Assembly Education Committee will hold an executive session (committee vote to recommend bills to the full assembly) followed by a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:
Thursday, January 14, 2016
417 North (GAR Hall)
Assembly Bill 581
Relating to: licenses to teach vocational education subjects.
By Representatives Knodl, Horlacher, Hutton, Kremer, Kuglitsch, T. Larson, A. Ott, Rodriguez, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Weatherston, Czaja and Macco; cosponsored by Senators Darling, Kapenga, Stroebel, L. Taylor, Vukmir and Gudex. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Schedules Vote & Public Hearing
The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its second hearing in Racine and Kenosha on Tuesday, October 13. The focus will be mental health, behavior problems, and truancy.
The task force will start with tours of Racine Case High School and Southport Elementary in Kenosha at 10 AM and 11:30 AM respectively. Members of the media and the general public are welcome to join the Task Force on the tours. Please RSVP to Rep. Rodriguez’s office (608) 266-0610, so an accurate head count can be provided to the districts.
The task force will then convene a public hearing at 2 PM at UW-Parkside Student Center with invited testimony from: Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Schedules Kenosha/Racine Hearing