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Bill on Cell Phone Use While Driving Heard In Assembly

It’s “Back to School” season  and with children traveling to and from school all of us to make sure to pay attention and follow the rules of the road while driving.  That includes not texting or dialing cell phones while driving.

That said, not every legislative bill the WASB follows is directly related to K-12 education.  Some bills affect public safety and the safety of children and adults.  One such bill is Assembly Bill 463, which would broaden existing state law prohibitions on cell phone use while driving.  The bill caught our attention in part  because of the focus this time of year on slowing down and protecting young children. Continue reading Bill on Cell Phone Use While Driving Heard In Assembly

Senate Committee to Hear Bills on Crime Reporting

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), will hold a public hearing today (Jan. 21) on two bills dealing with schools collecting and reporting crime-related data:

Thursday, January 21, 2016
10:00 AM
411 South

Senate Bill 492 Relating to: a student safety incident tracking pilot program for school districts and making an appropriation.
By Senators Lazich, Darling, Gudex and Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representatives Skowronski, Nerison, R. Brooks and Allen.

WASB is neutral on this bill but we prefer the approach of a voluntary pilot program to a statewide mandate. View our testimony here. Continue reading Senate Committee to Hear Bills on Crime Reporting

Alert: Senate Committee to Hear Referenda/Borrowing Restriction Bill

The Senate Elections & Local Government Committee, chaired by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), has scheduled a public hearing:

Thursday, January 14, 2016
9:30 AM
201 Southeast, State Capitol

Amongst other proposals (see full agenda) the committee will hear:

Senate Bill 355 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) & Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) Relating to: limitations on borrowing by school districts and the use by school districts of resolutions and referenda to authorize bonding for capital projects or increase revenue limits and scheduling of school district referendums to exceed revenue limits.

WASB opposes this bill and encourages members to contact their legislators as well as committee members (see below). See Talking Points & Sample Materials Continue reading Alert: Senate Committee to Hear Referenda/Borrowing Restriction Bill

Governor Signs School Board Vacancies Bill Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 325, relating to filling vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district, into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 63 last Friday (Oct. 23).

The new law requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how certain school board vacancies may be filled (see below).

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

Continue reading Governor Signs School Board Vacancies Bill Into Law

Bill Addressing School Board Vacancies Heads to Governor’s Desk

The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday (Oct. 20) to a bill (Assembly Bill 325) that requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how school board vacancies may be filled.  The bill cleared the state Assembly on Sept. 24.

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

Continue reading Bill Addressing School Board Vacancies Heads to Governor’s Desk

Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), recommended  a bill (Senate Bill 244) regarding filling school board vacancies be passed by the full Senate.  The vote was 4-3 with GOP Senators supporting and Democrats opposing.  The Assembly companion bill (Assembly Bill 325) has already been approved by that house. Continue reading Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly

We posted previously on public hearings held on a pair of companion bills (Senate Bill 244 and Assembly Bill 325) that would allow the school board president to appoint a person to fill a vacancy on the school board if the remaining school board members do not fill the vacancy within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first occurs.

Since the public hearings were held, the authors of the bills Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) have introduced a pair of companion substitute amendments to these bills that make significant changes.  Under the substitute amendments: Continue reading Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly