The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.
The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on two bills:
Assembly Bill 129 Relating to: allowing private schools participating in a parental choice program to provide hours of direct pupil instruction virtually.
By Representatives Jagler, Murphy, Brandtjen, Brooks, Dittrich, Horlacher, Hutton, Katsma, Knodl, Kulp, Sanfelippo, Skowronski, Tusler, Zimmerman and Plumer; cosponsored by Senators Kooyenga, Kapenga, Craig, Cowles, Jacque and Stroebel. Continue reading Assembly education committee schedules public hearing for April 18
Governor Walker signed into law two bills supported by the WASB in a signing ceremony at the State Capitol this morning.
Senate Bill 301 expands the online summer or interim session classes that qualify for state aid to include classes the school board determines fulfill either the statutory graduation requirement in health education or its own requirements for graduation. Under the bill, online classes in any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses that the school board determines meets the requirements for high school graduation would be eligible for state aid. Continue reading Governor signs two WASB-supported bills into law
Governor Walker has announced his budget vetoes including eight vetoes relating to K-12 education. The most notable veto is the veto of the relief for low revenue districts. The language below is taken directly from the “Governor’s Veto Message in Brief“:
Low Revenue Ceiling
“”I am vetoing this section entirely because the result is a substantial increase in property tax capacity that school districts may exercise without voter input. In several school districts that would be eligible to raise taxes under these sections, referenda to exceed revenue limits already failed within the past two years. An increase in revenue authority from the state in these districts would circumvent purposeful, local actions. Continue reading Gov. Walker Announces Budget Vetoes Including Low Revenue Ceiling Increase
The following items related to teacher and administrator licensure were included in the GOP K-12 education package adopted by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) :
Eliminate Expiration Dates for Teaching and Administrator Licenses–Provisional three-year licenses would be provided for new educators, administrators, and pupil service professionals, with a lifetime license granted after the completion of six semesters of successful experience, as certified by the school board(s) where the person worked. Continue reading JFC Budget Includes Major Changes to Teacher/Administrator Licensure
After a period of relative quiet, voucher proponents have been active, pushing variety of proposals that appear to have made it into the package of K-12 education items agreed upon by the Senate and Assembly, as reflected in the Legislative Fiscal Bureau summary of the Senate Republican budget plan.
Here are some of the key provisions affecting voucher schools:
Statewide Voucher Program–Income Eligibility Limit: Increase the annual family income eligibility level, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, so that a pupil could participate in the statewide voucher program with a family income of less than 220 percent of the federal poverty level rather than less than 185 percent of FPL as under current law. (It is estimated that an additional 550 pupils could enter the statewide voucher program in 2018-19 as a result of this change.)
Continue reading Voucher Provisions in State Senate Republicans’ Budget Plan
Two K-12 education-related task forces create by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) are set to hold hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education will hold its first meeting in Madison at 1:00 PM in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The focus will be on teacher recruitment and retention in urban school systems.
Invited speakers will include: Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District; Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System; and representatives of the Department of Public Instruction, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College.
At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony regarding the focus topics of teacher recruitment, retention and training.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness will hold its second meeting in Wausau at 11:00 AM at Northcentral Technical College. The hearing will take place in Room 1004 – Auditorium, Center for Health Sciences, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401. Continue reading Two Assembly Task Forces to Hold Hearings Next Tues. (Sept. 29)