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Underly Delivers State of Education Address

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Today, State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly delivered her 2021 State of Education Address in Madison. For a copy of Dr. Underly’s full speech see here. State of Education Address Excerpts

An Op-Ed From Our State Superintendent

Monday, September 20th, 2021

“Don’t let legislative leadership undermine public education in our state”. That is the title of the message that State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly published to the people of Wisconsin this morning on recent developments in the Wisconsin State Legislature related to K-12 education.  In the editorial for publication, Dr. Underly stresses the importance of Wisconsin […]

SAA Opposes Cursive Writing Bill

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

The SAA submitted testimony in opposition to Assembly Bill 435, relating to requiring each school board to include cursive writing in its curriculum for the elementary grades, at a public hearing today before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs.

SAA Opposes Reading Assessment Bill

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

The SAA submitted testimony in opposition to Assembly Bill 446, relating to reading readiness assessments, at a public hearing yesterday before the Assembly Committee on Education. If you should have any questions or comments about the SAA’s position on the bill, please contact the SAA.

SAA Supports Tobacco 21 at Public Hearing

Friday, September 10th, 2021

The SAA submitted testimony in support of Senate Bill 355, the so-called Tobacco 21 bill, at a public hearing yesterday before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. Gregg Wieczorek, principal at Arrowhead High School in Hartland and the current President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), also delivered fabulous testimony […]

Reading Assessment Bill to Receive Public Hearing

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 446 (see below) at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 14th in Room 412 East, State Capitol. AB-446 Reading Readiness (Kitchens, Joel) Reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority.

Tobacco 21 Bill to Receive Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 355 (see below), the so-called Tobacco 21 legislation, at 11:00am on Thursday, September 9th in Room 411 South, State Capitol.  The SAA strongly supports this legislation.  If you are interested in testifying, or if you have comments or questions about […]

LFB: State Tax Collections $319 Million Higher Than June Estimate

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

In case you missed the announcement late last week, state tax revenues continue to outpace expectations.  Check out the WisPolitics.com reporting on the issue below.  Also, check out this news story from the Wisconsin State Journal.  State tax collections $319 million higher than previously estimated, 11.6% more than last fiscal year | Local Government | madison.com […]

SAA Opposes AB 411/SB 411 and AB 488/SB 463

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

The SAA registered opposition to AB 411/SB 411 and AB 488/SB 463 at a Joint Hearing this morning of the Assembly and Senate Education Committees.  Among other things, AB 411/SB 411 would prohibit the teaching of certain academic content related to sex and race.  The SAA submitted testimony in opposition to AB 411/SB 411.  AB/488/SB […]

State Superintendent Issues Statement on AB/SB 411

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

State Superintendent Jill Underly issued the following statement today relating to SB/AB 411, which is being discussed at the Joint Committee on Education public hearing this morning: “We rely on educators to teach our kids in a way that is accurate and honest. Through training and experience, teachers learn to support students as they approach […]

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