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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. […]

Recap of Senate Education Committee Hearing

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Senate Committee on Education held a public hearing on Thursday, September 14th on the bills listed below.  The SAA testified in support of one of the bills, and registered in support of two others, as noted below. Senate Bill 329.  Relating to:  professional development training in character education for teachers, principals, and school district administrators, […]

Recap of Assembly Education Committee Hearing

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The Assembly Committee on Education held a public hearing on Thursday, September 7th on the bills listed below.  The SAA testified on two of the bills, supporting one and opposing another, as noted below. Assembly Bill 159. Relating to: policies regulating the use of electronic smoking devices on school district property.  SAA took no position […]

Lawmakers Approve Special Needs Vouchers Expansion

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Joint Finance Committee, in a series of 12-4 party-line votes, wrapped up the remaining work on the 2017-19 State Budget Bill last night.  Check out this news story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  It has significant coverage of the changes made to the Special Needs Scholarship Program and Open Enrollment Special Education.  The budget […]

JFC Wrap-Up Motion Released

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s the wrap-up motion. Check out item #25 on Open-Enrollment Special Education. Stay tuned.  More analysis to follow.

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