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Legislators Circulate Bill Requiring Testing of School Drinking Water for Lead

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

From … With clean drinking water a hot topic in the state Capitol, four GOP lawmakers are circulating legislation to address lead-tainted water in schools, day care centers, group homes and summer camps. The lawmakers have dubbed the package the Supporting Children’s Health by Ousting Outdated Lead Acts, or SCHOOL Acts. One bill would […]

Marklien Proposes Tobacco-21 Legislation

Monday, August 5th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . . Sen. Howard Marklein is circulating a bill to raise the age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Wisconsin.  The proposal, called T-21, has seen significant momentum across the United States in the past few years.  According to Tobacco-21, “475+ cities and counties in 29 states” have taken […]

Strang, Patteson: New DPI Guidance on Special Ed Open Enrollment Actual Costs

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

From The Legal Side… Strang, Patteson recently published this legal update regarding the DPI’s new guidance on actual costs for providing special education and related services to open enrolled students.  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 […]

Continuous Advocacy: Unmet Needs & Ongoing Challenges

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Since Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 State Budget last week, several SAA members have shared with me that their legislators had reached out asking if the budget was “good” for their districts.  The administrators went on to ask for advice on how to respond to their legislators. Clearly, the legislators were looking for simple one- […]

DPI Releases Estimated Impact of Evers’ Partial Veto

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

From the Department of Public Instruction . . . On July 3, 2019, Governor Evers signed AB 56, the 2019-21 state biennial budget, into law as 2019 Act 9, with partial vetoes. The PDF document below summarizes action on the state budget for K-12 school funding, public libraries and lifelong learning, and the Department’s operations, from […]

Evers Signs Budget, Pumps More Money Into K-12 Through Partial Vetoes

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

From … Gov. Tony Evers signed the two-year budget Wednesday, but only after using his partial veto authority to pump nearly $100 million more into K-12 education than what Republicans had proposed. He also undercut former Gov. Scott Walker’s push to require able-bodied adults with school-age children to meet work requirements to receive food […]

Strang, Patteson: Approval Requirements In School District Real Estate Transactions

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

From The Legal Side… With the annual meeting of the electors approaching for common school districts and union high school districts, many are considering whether elector approval is required for certain real estate transactions.  This legal update from Strang, Patteson explores this issue.

BoardmanClark: Metadata is a Public Record: What Does this Mean for School Districts?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

From The Legal Side… BoardmanClark recently published this School Law FYI regarding a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision and the way that school districts must respond to records requests for electronic files.   The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to […]

ETF Update – WRS Contribution Rates to Increase Slightly

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) announced in a recent bulletin that required contribution rates for Wisconsin Retirement System employers and employees will increase slightly in 2020. The Employee Trust Funds Board approved the rate changes June 20, following an annual report by the retirement system’s consulting actuary. Read more here.

DPI Releases General Aid Estimate

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Following a timeline required by state law, the Department of Public Instruction released an estimate yesterday of the general school aids each public school district will receive for the 2019-20 school year.  For additional information, see the DPI news release and district aid estimates. DPI News Release District Aid Estimates

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