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State of the State Address, January 22nd

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . . Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has sent a letter to Governor Evers saying he is offering an invitation to deliver the State of the State address to a joint session of the Wisconsin Legislature on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the Assembly Chambers.

Pope and Others Propose Voucher Accountability Package

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . . Reps. Sondy Pope and Dave Considine and Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Janet Bewley are circulating four bills as part of their “Voucher School Accountability to Protect Property Taxpayers” package. LRB-4156 Memo Special Needs Scholarships (Pope, Sondy) Phasing out the Special Needs Scholarship Program and limiting enrollment in parental choice programs. This […]

SAA Legislative Committee Expresses Concerns About Return to Work Bill

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

At the SAA Legislative Committee meeting held on November 25th, Committee members discussed the merits of WRS annuitant return to work legislation for more than an hour.  The legislation, authored by Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), was circulating for co-sponsorship inside the State Capitol at the time of the Committee meeting.  […]

Arrowhead High School On Good Morning America

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Check out Arrowhead High School Principal Gregg Wieczorek on Good Morning America this morning discussing Arrowhead’s student-to-student vaping prevention efforts.  You might recall that Gregg delivered fabulous testimony earlier this month at the public hearing on the Tobacco 21 legislation.  Awesome job Gregg!!

LFB Releases General School Aid Publication

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report: Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released the 2019-20 General School Aid Amounts.  According to the memo, for the 2019-20 school year, 399 of the 421 school districts are eligible for $4,687.7 million in equalized aid, 25 districts are eligible for $46.7 million in integration aid, and 61 districts are eligible for $5.7 million […]

DPI Releases Data on Temporary Licenses

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

From … The number of teachers working with temporary licenses in the state has nearly tripled in the last six years. The Department of Public Instruction emergency license data released yesterday shows 2,863 teachers received a license with stipulations for the 2018-19 school year, a 180 percent increase from the 1,021 licenses administered in […]

Evers Signs SAA-Supported Bills Into Law

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

At a bill-signing ceremony in the State Capitol yesterday, Governor Tony Evers signed the following SAA-supported bills into law: AB-054 School Drills (Born, Mark) Fire, tornado, and school safety drills for public and private schools. Signed (Act 39) AB-195 Reciprocity Licenses (Tranel, Travis) A license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority. Signed (Act 43) AB-194 Special Ed […]

Continuous Advocacy: School District of Whitefish Bay

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Remember after Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 State Budget on July 3rd how Republican and Democratic legislators battled for weeks to characterize the budget in the press and with the public as either “good” for public schools or “woefully inadequate”. What we found is that neither these partisan characterizations nor the analyses of the budget’s impact […]

WPF Highlights ESSA School Spending Reporting

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

In it’s latest issue of FOCUS, the Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) highlights the ESSA requirement that school districts report actual per-pupil expenditures by school and funding source. The SAA believes this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this publication with the permission of WPF.

SAA Testifies on Cursive, Seclusion & Restraint Bills

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified yesterday in opposition to Senate Bill 414, relating to incorporating cursive writing in the elementary grades, and for information only on Senate Bill 527, relating to the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Education. SAA Testimony […]

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