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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 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 […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Several law firms have issued client updates on the U.S. Department of Labor final rules on overtime exemptions.  See the updates from Buelow Vetter, Strang Patterson, BoardmanClark.  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 […]

Education Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Blue Ribbon Commission Bills

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The Senate and Assembly Education Committees will hold a rare joint public hearing on the following Blue Ribbon Commission bills (both Senate and Assembly companion bills are listed below) at 9:00am on Thursday, October 3rd in Room 412 East, State Capitol.  Please contact the SAA with any comments or questions regarding these bills. Assembly Bills AB-441 Shared […]

Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Testing School Drinking Water for Lead

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 423 (see below), relating to requiring testing of school drinking water for lead, at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 1st in Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.  Please contact the SAA with any comments or questions regarding this bill. SB-423 Lead Testing (Cowles, […]

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