Tag Archives: WASB Resolutions

Please Join Us At Convention For GR-Related Sessions

The Government Relations (GR) team—WASB lobbyists Dan Rossmiller and Chris Kulow– will be engaged in a number of legislative-related events and activities during the 2018 State Education Convention.  We invite you attend to join us for any or all of these events.

WASB Pre-Delegate Assembly Discussion Session
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center–Crystal Ballroom, Fifth Floor

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“Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 693, dubbed the “Teacher Protection Act” by its author, has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary chaired by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon, pictured):

Assembly Judiciary Committee
Thursday, January 11, 2018
9:00 AM
North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North) 

The WASB is opposed to this bill as drafted based on our member-approved resolutions.  See our previous post on the bill for more information on the bill.   Continue reading “Teacher Protection Act” Bill Scheduled for Public Hearing

Proposed WASB Resolutions Posted on WASB.org

The proposed resolutions for the 2018 WASB Delegate Assembly are now posted on our website. They can be found under the “Services & Resources” pull down menu.  Click on the first item “Advocacy & Government Relations” and then “Delegate Assembly”.

Delegate packets containing all the information needed for the Delegate Assembly are scheduled to be mailed Dec. 5.  Two packets are mailed to each school district–one to the school board member that is designated by the district as the delegate and the other to the district administrator. Continue reading Proposed WASB Resolutions Posted on WASB.org

“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

WASB Board of Directors Adopts 2018 Legislative Agenda

The 2018 WASB Legislative Agenda has been approved by the Board of Directors and is now posted on our website. The agenda outlines the top priorities for the Government Relations (GR) team to focus on in our advocacy efforts during the coming year.

The Legislative Agenda is approved annually in November by the WASB Board of Directors and is guided by the Resolutions adopted by the Delegate Assembly. Continue reading WASB Board of Directors Adopts 2018 Legislative Agenda

Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on some high profile bills and their chances for becoming law in the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session based on conversations with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau, pictured).  Included in the story was the “Right to Carry” bill that we have posted on here before and has implications for school districts.

From the MJS: Continue reading Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

Rep. Thiesfeldt Circulates Teacher Protection Act

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, has circulated his “Teacher Protection Act” bill for co-sponsorship in the state Legislature.  This is the opportunity for other lawmakers to put their names on the bill as supporters. Here are links to the bill draft and co-sponsorship memo.

Based on our member-approved resolutions, the WASB opposes this bill as drafted.  To be clear, all teachers deserve to teach in a safe environment and we appreciate the good intentions behind this bill.  That being said, the bill upsets the administrative chain of command in school districts by allowing teachers to unilaterally suspend and remove students from class without having to adhere to school board disciplinary policies, school district behavioral intervention plans, a student’s individual educational plan or a student’s service plan.

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