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Governor Signs Education Bills

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Walker signed the following education bills into law: AB-266 Technical Excellence Scholarship Program (Krug, Scott) Eligibility for the Technical Excellence Higher Education Scholarship Program. Signed (Act 91) AB-250 Alternative Education Grants (Assembly Education Committee) Alternative education grants. Signed (Act 92) AB-251 DPI Grant Programs (Assembly Education Committee) Modifying rules related to various grant programs administered by the Department of […]

Teacher Protection Act Introduced in Assembly

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The “Teacher Protection Act”, authored by Representative Jeremy Theisfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), has been introduced in the Assembly as Assembly Bill 693 with 16 Assembly Republican co-sponsors.  The bill has no Senate sponsors.  AB 693 has  been referred to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon).  The SAA strongly opposes the […]

Competitive Bidding Bill Clears State Senate

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Yesterday, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 236 on a voice vote.  The SAA opposes SB 236. You might recall that, Senate Bill 236 would require that a school board, before entering into a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or improvement of a public school building or public school facilities or for the furnishing […]

Priority Legislative Alert on Teacher Protection Act

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on the Teacher Protection Act. As we reported earlier today, Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, has circulated his “Teacher Protection Act” for co-sponsorship in the State Legislature.  The SAA strongly opposes this proposed legislation, as do other education stakeholder groups and […]

Walker Announces Support For New Increase In Sparsity Aid

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This morning Governor Walker announced his support to further increase Sparsity Aid in the second year of this biennium. See the press release here.

Thiesfeldt Drafting “Teacher Protection Act”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

From The Wheeler Report: A preliminary draft of legislation obtained by The Wheeler Report, shows Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is drafting what he is calling the “Teacher Protection Act.” The bill aims to give teachers information about violent crimes committed by students. According to LRB-0917/P6, the bill would: Duty to Report: The bill requires law enforcement to report […]

SAA Testifies Against Competitive Bidding Bill

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified in opposition to Senate Bill 236 today at a public hearing held before the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, chaired by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac). In addition, Waunakee Superintendent Randy Guttenberg and Julie Waner, Vice President of the Waunakee Board of Education, did […]

Hearing Scheduled on Bill Requiring Schools to Use Competitive Bidding

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, chaired by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 236 requiring all school districts (including MPS) to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects or for the furnishing of supplies or materials in excess of $75,000, next Tuesday, October 3 at […]

Governor Releases Budget Vetoes

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Governor’s office has released the Governor’s state budget vetoes.  We have pasted the Public Instruction vetoes below: PUBLIC INSTRUCTION 32. Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Adjustment I am partially vetoing this section to limit adoption of such resolutions to before January 1, 2018 or after December 3018.  I object to the temporary suspension of this […]

Senate Committee Passes Amended AB 169

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

“A state Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without getting training or state permits and in some cases bring them onto school grounds.  The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee signed off on the bill 3-2, with all Republicans for it and all Democrats against it. […]

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