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Continuous Advocacy: School District of Whitefish Bay

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Remember after Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 State Budget on July 3rd how Republican and Democratic legislators battled for weeks to characterize the budget in the press and with the public as either “good” for public schools or “woefully inadequate”. What we found is that neither these partisan characterizations nor the analyses of the budget’s impact […]

WPF Highlights ESSA School Spending Reporting

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

In it’s latest issue of FOCUS, the Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) highlights the ESSA requirement that school districts report actual per-pupil expenditures by school and funding source. The SAA believes this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this publication with the permission of WPF.

SAA Testifies on Cursive, Seclusion & Restraint Bills

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified yesterday in opposition to Senate Bill 414, relating to incorporating cursive writing in the elementary grades, and for information only on Senate Bill 527, relating to the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Education. SAA Testimony […]

School Law Update: Students Charged and/or Convicted of a Felony are Ineligible for WIAA Competitions

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

From the Legal Side… In its most recent School Law FYI, BoardmanClark reminds Wisconsin School Districts to review their athletic codes to ensure they incorporate and implement the WIAA Felony rule. The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with […]

Rehiring Annuitants/WRS Retirement Age Bill Circulated

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Representative Felzkowski and Senator Stroebel are circulating a bill that would allow retired public employees to return to a WRS-covered job for a three year period while still collecting their WRS annuities.  The bill would also increase the minimum retirement age for general classification employees from 55 to 59.5.  Under the bill, the retirement age […]

SAA Members Testify on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The following SAA members testified in support of Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 bill at a public hearing today before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention. Jim Karedes (Delavan-Darien) Testimony Chris Medenwalt (Monroe) Testimony Gregg Wieczorek (Arrowhead) Testimony Hats off to these High School Principals for taking time out of their […]

Priority Legislative Alert on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 legislation. As we reported last week, AB 422 has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6th in the North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North), […]

Wisconsin’s 2019 NAEP Scores Hold Steady

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Wisconsin’s results on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained statistically unchanged, in a year when the nation saw significant declines on three out of four measures. At the same time, achievement gaps persist for Wisconsin. For more information, […]

Assembly Education Committee Executive Session

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Yesterday morning, the Assembly Education Committee recommended for passage several bills that the SAA has an interest in (see below).  Please note, no action was taken on AB 368, relating to declining enrollment relief.  The SAA continues to work with the authors to modify the bill to soften a potential first-year loss for some districts […]

School Law Update: Wisconsin School District Nondiscrimination Obligations

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

From the Legal Side… In its most recent School Law FYI, BoardmanClark  reminds Wisconsin School Districts of their nondiscrimination obligations. The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of BoardmanClark.  

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