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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.

GOP Special Needs Scholarship Motion

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

GOP members of the Joint Finance Committee have released their Special Needs Scholarship Program Motion that will be voted on later this afternoon. Stay tuned.  There is more to come.

Priority State Budget Alert: Special Needs Scholarship Program and Special Education Open Enrollment

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

SAA Members, I understand that your students are about to walk through your door for their first day of school, and I know that you are extremely busy to say the least.  Given that, please know that I would not issue a legislative alert at this time were it not absolutely necessary.  There is one […]

GOP K-12 Motion Released

Monday, August 28th, 2017

GOP members of the Joint Finance Committee have released their K-12 Omnibus Motion that will be voted on later this afternoon. More analysis to follow.

JFC To Take Up K-12 Issues on Monday

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The Joint Finance Committee will convene on Monday, August 28th at 1:30 p.m. and take up among other issues the K-12 public instruction portion of the state budget including the following areas: General School Aids and Revenue Limits Categorical Aids Choice, Charter, and Open Enrollment School District Operations Administrative and Other Funding School Levy Tax […]

Recap of Assembly Education Committee Hearing

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The Assembly Committee on Education held a public hearing on Thursday, August 24thon the bills listed below.  The SAA supported two of the bills, testifying on one of them, as noted below. Assembly Bill 423. Relating to:  an initial teaching license based on completion of a Montessori teacher education program. SAA took no position on […]

Bill Repealing DOT School Bus Rule Signed Into Law

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Senate Bill 134, which would repeal a Department of Transportation rule prohibiting the purchase for use in school transportation of a school bus previously titled and registered in another state or jurisdiction if the bus is more than five years old, was signed into law by Governor Walker as Act 49.  The bill was authored […]

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