The state Senate adjourned for the 2015-16 session following a late-night on the floor Tuesday (March 15). Earlier, the state Assembly adjourned for the session on Feb. 18.
In order to become law, bills must pass both houses of the Legislature in identical form, and then be signed by the governor.
Among the bills affecting K-12 education that were not passed by both houses in identical form, and are thus officially dead for this session, are:
- Assembly Bill 481/Senate Bill 355 , which would have imposed restrictions on the scheduling of school referendums and the use of certain types of borrowing by school districts. Under those bills, unless a school board experiences a natural disaster or fire, it could only schedule a referendum vote at a spring or general election. If a referendum vote fails or if school district electors block a borrowing attempt, the district would be prohibited from trying again for at least a year. The WASB opposed these bills. (See previous post.)
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As he prepared to kick off his presidential campaign,Governor Scott Walker signed the two-year, $72.7 billion state budget Sunday after issuing 104 vetoes–about twice as many as he did in the last two budgets he approved.
Participation in Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
The Governor partially vetoed the language that relates to the prohibition of school district membership in an athletic association unless the association requires member school districts to permit home-based private educational program pupils residing in the district to participate in interscholastic athletics in the district. The Governor stated his objection related to not believing state statutes should stipulate the participation and membership requirements of a private athletic association.
This could potentially put schools in an awkward position since state law now states that school districts must allow home-schooled students who reside within the district to participate in athletics on the same basis a students enrolled in the district; however, the existing WIAA rules require that athletes be enrolled full-time at the public school to be eligible to compete in WIAA-sanctioned activities. Continue reading Governor Signs Budget; Includes Several Education-Related Vetoes
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), the School Administrators Alliance (SAA), the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA), the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA), the Wisconsin Conference Commissioners Association (WCCA), and the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) sent a joint letter to legislative leaders requesting that language in the Joint Finance Committee K-12 education omnibus motion relating to participation in school district sports and extra-curricular activities be removed from the state budget proposal. Continue reading WASB Leads Coalition Opposed to Budget Changes on Participation in Sports and Extracurricular Activities
The following is a sample resolution for school boards on a provision in the omnibus K-12 proposal approved by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The following can be used in the formal resolution format presented or in more personal letter format. Remember to provide copies of board resolutions to your legislators, the governor, local media, parent groups and the WASB. Click here for a PDF version. Continue reading Sample Resolution on Participation in Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities