The WASB GR Team does our best to try to minimize or eliminate legislative mandates on schools, especially unfunded mandates that require school boards to spend money and other resources. Often, the best way to guard against such mandates is to speak out before they become law.
Below is a sampling of currently proposed mandate measures that have come to our attention in the 2019-20 Legislative Session. (In assembling this list, we make no judgements as to the merits or value of the proposals but simply note that each of the proposals would impose legislative mandates on schools.) Continue reading Bills imposing legislative mandates on schools are cropping 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.
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
The state Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow on nine bills, many of which would impose mandates on public schools. The hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol.
Bill scheduled to be heard include:
Senate Bill 159, relating to: nutrition education. The WASB opposes provisions in this bill that would impose a graduation requirement that students must complete a half-credit health education class that includes nutrition education, but supports amending the bill to remove this mandate. If this mandate were dropped, the WASB would be neutral on this bill. Continue reading Senate Education Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday, Dec. 19
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
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
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