Boardman & Clark: Annual Notices Information

By John Forester | July 31, 2017

From the Legal Side…

The Boardman & Clark law firm recently published this School Law FYI regarding the annual notices that school districts are required to provide to students, parents, and/or the public.  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 permission of Boardman & Clark.

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School Districts Would Pay for Large Share of Vouchers Under Senate Plan

By John Forester | July 26, 2017

As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a budget plan proposed by Senate Republicans would increase funding for the state’s three main private school voucher programs by nearly $60 million over the next two years, according to an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau made public on Tuesday.  Check out the news story here.  See the LFB analysis here.

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Evers Files Paperwork to Run for Governor; Remains Non-Committal

By John Forester | July 24, 2017

In case you missed it, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that State Superintendent Tony Evers filed the paperwork to run for Governor on Friday, but has not yet decided whether to formally enter the race.

See the story here.

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State Budget Holding Up Onalaska Hiring Plans

By John Forester | July 24, 2017

Check out this article from the LaCrosse Tribune that reports hiring plans are on hold in the Onalaska School District until the State Budget is finalized.

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Journal Sentinel Review of Senate Budget Plan on K-12 Issues

By John Forester | July 24, 2017

Check out yesterday’s story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that reviews the major K-12 education provisions in the recently-released Senate GOP Budget Plan.  One thing to keep in mind, even Senator Fitzgerald has acknowledged that he does not know if this plan could pass the Senate GOP Caucus at this time.

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Senate Republicans Release Budget Plan

By John Forester | July 20, 2017

From WisPolitics.com …

Senate Republicans today released a set of Legislative Fiscal Bureau memos summarizing the key details behind their budget plan.

Click here to view the documents:

The Public Instruction section begins on page 449 of the full Senate proposal.  We are currently reviewing the document.  Item number 6 leaps off the page as being problematic.  We will forward additional information and analysis as it becomes available.  Stay tuned.

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SAA Testifies Against Competitive Bidding Bill

By John Forester | July 12, 2017

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified in opposition of Assembly Bill 307 today at a public hearing held before the Assembly Committee on Local Government.

In addition, Waunakee Superintendent Randy Guttenberg and Julie Waner, Vice President of the Waunakee Board of Education, did a fabulous job in testifying in opposition to AB 307.

You might recall that, Assembly Bill 307 would require that a school board, before entering into a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or improvement of a public school building or public school facilities or for the furnishing of supplies or materials with an estimated cost greater than $75,000, must advertise or direct the school district clerk to advertise for proposals and must let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

The bill would also prohibit a school board from using a bidding method that gives preference based on the geographic location of the bidder or that uses criteria other than the lowest responsible bidder in awarding a contract.

The SAA will keep you informed of any developments regarding this important legislation.

SAA Testimony

Guttenberg/Waner Testimony

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Bill Would Allow Gun Education Class in High Schools

By John Forester | July 10, 2017

Check out this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story on Assembly Bill 427 which would allow schools to offer on-site gun education classes as electives.  Superintendents Finco, Athey and DeKlotz did a nice job expressing concerns about the bill.

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Hearing Scheduled on Bill Requiring Schools to Use Competitive Bidding

By John Forester | July 7, 2017

The Assembly Committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg), will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 307, requiring all school districts (including MPS) to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects in excess of $75,000, next Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00am in Room 400NE, State Capitol.

The Legislative Reference Bureau summarizes the bill as follows:

“This bill increases to $75,000, with an exception for certain highway projects, the threshold governing sealed, competitive bids that is applicable to a local unit of government. Under current law, if the estimated cost of a public works project exceeds $25,000, the state or local unit of government must solicit bids and award the public works contract to the lowest responsible bidder. 

The bill also requires a school board and the board of school directors of the Milwaukee Public Schools to comply with these bidding requirements. 

The bill also provides an exception to bidding requirements for improvements that are constructed by a person other than the local unit of government and donated to a local unit of government after the completion of construction.”

The SAA opposes AB 307.  SAA members interested in testifying against the bill should contact SAA as soon as possible.

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Evers Considers Run for Governor

By John Forester | July 7, 2017

Check out Molly Beck’s story in the Wisconsin State Journal about State Superintendent Tony Evers considering a run for Governor.

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