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Evers Calls Special Session on Gun Violence

Monday, October 21st, 2019

From WisPolitics.com … Gov. Tony Evers today issued an executive order calling a special session of the Legislature starting Nov. 7 to deal with guv violence. Evers’ order calls on lawmakers to take up “red-flag” law legislation and a bill to create universal background checks. While Evers can call the special session, he doesn’t have […]

DPI Releases County Level Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Monday, October 21st, 2019

From The Wheeler Report: The Department of Public Instruction is releasing the Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, and for the first time the information is available on a county-level basis. The statewide results have been compiled every two years since 1993. See the DPI news release here.

Legal Update: Ensure that Regular Education Teachers Have Access to Student IEPs

Monday, October 21st, 2019

From the Legal Side… The Buelow Vetter Law Firm has recently published this Legal Update on the importance of ensuring that regular education teachers have access to student IEPs. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the […]

Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Energy Efficiency Exemption

Friday, October 18th, 2019

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 494 (see below), relating to the school district revenue limit adjustment for energy efficiency projects, at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 22nd in Room 201 Southeast, State Capitol.  Please contact the SAA with any comments or questions regarding this bill. […]

Senate Education Committee Executive Session

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

This morning, the Senate Education Committee recommended for passage several bills supported by the SAA (see below). AB-110 Dyslexia Guidebook (Legislative Council) Developing a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions. Senate Am. 1 adopted, 7-1.   Passage as amended recommended, 7-1. The SAA is neutral on this bill but was instrumental in developing the Senate amendment altering the membership of […]

Cost of Wisconsin Voucher Programs Nears $350 Million

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Check out this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story on the cost of the voucher programs and the resulting impact on property taxpayers in Wisconsin.  What becomes increasingly clear is Wisconsin is financing voucher expansion on the backs of Wisconsin property taxpayers.

DPI Releases Numbers on General School Funding

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) posted information today that supports school districts as they plan for state general school aids they will receive during the current school year. Today’s information includes certified general school aid amounts for each school district, as well as 2019-20 student enrollment numbers for independent charter schools and private schools […]

State Senate Passes Several Education Bills

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Several education bills supported by SAA passed during yesterday’s State Senate floor action including: SB-160 School Board Meeting Notice (Olsen, Luther) The method for providing notice of a special meeting of a school board. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.   AB-053 Pupil Records (Born, Mark) Pupil records. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.   AB-054 School Drills (Born, Mark) Fire, tornado, and school safety drills for public and private schools. Passed, […]

Florence School Board Adopts Tobacco 21 Resolution

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The Board of Education of the School District of Florence County has unanimously approved a resolution (and forwarded it to their legislators) supporting raising the minimum sales for all tobacco products to 21, up from the current 18.  Check it out. As you know, the SAA supports SB 364/AB 422, which would raise the minimum […]

SAA Testifies on Blue Ribbon Commission Bills

Monday, October 7th, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified in support of all six Blue Ribbon Commission bills scheduled for a rare Senate and Assembly Education Committee joint public hearing held last Thursday, October 3rd.  Both the Senate and Assembly companion bills are listed below.  The SAA’s testimony is also linked below.  (Testimony is identified by Senate Bill […]

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