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“Teacher Protection Act” May Be Coming Back

By John Forester | December 11, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt says he’s considering bringing back his “Teacher Protection Act” next session — but in a series of bills rather than just one.

Still, the Fond du Lac Republican cautioned he hasn’t yet made a decision about introducing it again given that the “dynamics have changed” with incoming Dem Gov.-elect Tony Evers and a new Department of Public Instruction head.

Thiesfeldt, who also chairs the Assembly Education Committee, noted there were portions of the bill earlier this session “that DPI was not opposed to, so I would hope that that would hold true” going forward.

The sweeping bill included a series of provisions aimed at safeguarding teachers and addressing violent behavior in schools. The original bill would have: let teachers review their students’ behavioral records; give teachers the ability to appeal directly to their school board if administration refuses to suspend a student; and require police to notify school administrators if a student is taken into custody for a violent felony or misdemeanor, among other things.

But the version that ultimately cleared the Assembly in February only consisted of a provision to allow teachers who were the victims of an attack by a student to avoid penalties for breaking their contract. That legislation was never taken up in the Senate.

“Being that a lot of the work is done already, I would hope to certainly get it introduced in the first six months of the session. But I’m not going to hold myself to that,” Thiesfeldt said.

See more on the bill here.

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