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JFC Approves GOP Tax Package

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

From … The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to sign off on a $392.4 million package that would cut income taxes, provide local governments more state aid to cover an expanded property tax break for businesses and pay down debt. Republicans yesterday hailed the proposal to use a projected surplus as a […]

Executive Action by Assembly State Affairs

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The Assembly Committee on State Affairs recommended passage on the following education-related bills this morning: AB-670 Increasing Retirement Age (Felzkowski, Mary) Increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System; decreasing the minimum break in service for annuitants in the Wisconsin Retirement System who are rehired by a participating employer, and allowing rehired annuitants to elect […]

Executive Action by Assembly Education

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The Assembly Committee on Education recommended passage of the following three bills yesterday. AB-810 School Accounting (Felzkowski, Mary) Creating a computerized uniform school budget and accounting system. Sub.1 adopted, 10-4.   Passage as amended recommended, 10-4. (SAA is neutral on the bill.  We raised several questions/concerns at the public hearing that were largely addressed in the substitute amendment adopted by the […]

Senate Committee Approves WRS Retirement Age Bill; Assembly Committee Will Vote Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Senate Bill 612, which would increase the WRS minimum retirement age and allow annuitants to temporarily return to public work without suspending their pensions, cleared the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection on a party line, 3-2 vote.  As you know, the SAA opposes this bill.  Detail of the committee action appears […]

Court Approves of School District Plan to Restrict Parent’s Communications with School District Personnel

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

From the Legal Side… In its most recent Legal Update, the Strang Patteson Law Firm reports that a school district can lawfully limit parents’ communications with a school district and its personnel according to a recent federal court of appeals decision. The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information […]

Senate Committee to Vote on WRS Retirement Age Bill

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

From … A Senate Committee votes today on a bill that would allow retired state employees to temporarily return to public work without losing their pensions. But the bill would also raise the state’s minimum retirement age for most public employees from 55 to 59.5. SB 612 would allow retirees to return to work […]

Governor Evers: Budget Surplus Plan – Tell Your Story

Monday, February 10th, 2020

SAA members might recall that at the conclusion of the Joint Finance Committee’s work on K-12 education in the 2019-21 State Budget, we thanked the JFC for providing $500 million in support for Wisconsin school children.  We also pointed out that Wisconsin has a lot of work to do to strengthen the educational opportunities afforded […]

More Wisconsin Students Taking, Outperforming National Average on AP Exams

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

A report released by The College Board showed that Wisconsin’s 2019 public school graduates performed above the national average on Advanced Placement exams while in high school, with a record number of them taking the college-level tests. See the news release here.

Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding, Property Tax Relief

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Governor Tony Evers this morning called on the Legislature to meet in special session and act on LRB-5625, legislation that would use $250 million dollars of Wisconsin’s anticipated budget surplus to recommit Wisconsin to two-thirds state funding for K-12 education, boost funding for special education and school-based mental health, and provide $130 million in property […]

CPI For Bargaining Agreement

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

From the Legal Side: In it’s most recent Quick Update, the BoardmanClark Law Firm reports that the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has advised the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) that the CPI increase applicable to one-year collective bargaining agreements with a term beginning on July 1, 2020 is 1.81%.  This Quick Update also features discussion […]

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