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“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

Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly

Two bills dealing with student assessments and authored by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) chair of the Assembly Education Committee were passed by the Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Assembly Bill 300 would require each school board to prepare a summary written in commonly understood language that includes all of the following: Continue reading Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly

Competitive Bidding, Financial Literacy Bills Pass Senate

All of the bills mentioned in our previous post that were voted on in the state Senate on October 31 have been approved by that chamber including:

Senate Bill 236 Competitive Bidding Mandate (Sen. Stroebel) This bill would require school districts to utilize statutory competitive, sealed bidding provisions when awarding school construction contracts and increase the dollar thresholds above which counties and municipalities must follow competitive bidding when awarding public works contracts.  (WASB Opposes) [See previous post.] This bill now heads to the Assembly for action by that chamber.  It is important that school leaders contact their State Representatives and ask them to oppose the bill, especially if your district has a local preference component in your bidding policy (which this bill would prohibit). Continue reading Competitive Bidding, Financial Literacy Bills Pass Senate

Unfunded Mandate Update: Competitive Bidding & Construction Notices

The Senate version of a bill (Senate Bill 236) that would require school districts to use the competitive bidding process on certain school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 3rd and committee vote Thursday, Oct. 5th in the Senate Local Government Committee. The bill is authored by state Sen. Duey Stroebel  and state Rep. Robert Brooks (R’s-Saukville).

The WASB testified in opposition to the Assembly version (Assembly Bill 307) in July.  Our position was  determined based on support for local control and noted that the bill would limit or eliminate local board discretion and flexibility  to use various project delivery methods for school construction. Continue reading Unfunded Mandate Update: Competitive Bidding & Construction Notices

School Report Card, Academic/Career Plan Mandates Restored in Senate GOP Budget Plan

Two mandates that were initially proposed by Gov. Walker and subsequently removed by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) as non-fiscal policy have been restored in the budget plan released by the state Senate GOP.

These provisions require school districts to compile and include on school report cards various career-ready indicators and include “success sequence” information in academic and career planning services. Continue reading School Report Card, Academic/Career Plan Mandates Restored in Senate GOP Budget Plan

Competitive Bidding Bill Scheduled for July 12 Hearing

A bill requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing  before the Assembly Committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg). The hearing will be held:

Wednesday, July 12
11:00 AM 
Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol Continue reading Competitive Bidding Bill Scheduled for July 12 Hearing

Bills on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs to Have Public Hearing Next Week

Two bills dealing with pupil assessments authored by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have been scheduled for a public hearing next week before the Assembly Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield):

Wednesday, June 7
10:01 AM
300 Northeast, State Capitol, Madison Continue reading Bills on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs to Have Public Hearing Next Week