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State Budget Video Alert

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

SAA members please watch this important 6 minute video alert on the state budget.  Portions of the video alert, including legislator contact information, appear below in text form. State Budget Alert The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) wrapped up its 6 state budget hearings on April 21st and started voting on state budget items in executive […]

School Referendum Bills Introduced

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The six bills relating to school referenda have been introduced in the Senate.  Five of them have also been introduced in the Assembly.  Please note that the bills have been referred to four different Senate committees.  Below we have linked each of the Senate bills and listed for each the relating clause, the committee the bill was […]

Craig, Felzkowski Introduce Constitutional Carry

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

From The Wheeler Report . . . Sen. Dave Craig and Rep. Mary Felzkowski are circulating a bill providing for constitutional carry in Wisconsin. In 2011, the Wisconsin Legislature passed, and Gov. Walker signed, a concealed carry bill (Act 35). The bill being circulated later today will eliminate the need for a concealed carry permit, […]

JFC Hearings: Who Plans to Testify?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

As you know, beginning on April 3rd, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) plans to hold six public hearing on the Governor’s 2017-19 budget bill.  Those hearings include: Monday, April 3 – UW-Platteville, Platteville Wednesday, April 5 – State Fair Park, Milwaukee Friday, April 7 – Berlin High School, Berlin Tuesday, April 18 – Spooner High […]

State Budget Alert: Joint Finance Committee

Monday, March 20th, 2017

With the Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s (LFB) summary of the governor’s budget recommendations having been released, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will soon begin its deliberations on the 2017-19 State Budget Bill.  The JFC will conduct state agency briefings the week of March 27 (DPI is scheduled for March 30) and hold a total of six […]

Assembly Start Date Bill Introduced

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

A bill to repeal the September 1 school start date was introduced in the Assembly yesterday as Assembly Bill 103.  The bill is authored by Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee, chaired by Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).  We anticipate that the Senate companion bill, authored by […]

DPI Notices of Public Hearings on Administrative Rules

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Department of Public Instruction has noticed public hearings on two DPI emergency rules regarding changes to summer and interim session classes (PI 17) and changes to High Cost Special Education Aid (PI 30). The proposed PI 17 rules modifies existing policies and practices which include the following:  Alignment of existing summer and interim session courses […]

Walker Signs Voc Ed Licensure Bill Into Law

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Yesterday, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 449 into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 259.  The new law will allow school districts to hire non-traditional candidates that qualify for an “experience-based” teaching license to teach vocational education subjects. The new law addresses the concerns of some school leaders that have concluded they either get flexibility in the […]

Assembly Passes SB 615 With Compromise Voucher Funding Amendment

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The battle over the voucher funding shift entered its final act (with the ending not in doubt) as the Assembly passed, on a 56-37 vote, a scaled back version of a bill (Senate Bill 615 as amended) that would reduce the non-recurring exemption for “incoming choice pupils” to equal the state aid deduction for voucher […]

SB 615 Amendment

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

We have provided you a link to the amendment we have seen for SB 615 – the non-recurring exemption has been amended to equal the state aid deduction for voucher students beginning in 2016-17. We do not yet have a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau detailing the impact on each affected school district. Stay tuned.

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