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Priority Legislative Alert: Statutory Flexibility Agenda for the 2020-21 School Year

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on our Statutory Flexibility Agenda for the 2020-21 School Year. Last Friday, WASDA Executive Director Jon Bales delivered a response to the letter some members of the Assembly Republican Caucus sent to Wisconsin superintendents at the end of July “encouraging” them to open their schools for in-person instruction.  […]

Education Related Bills Signed Into Law

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

The following education related bills were signed into law yesterday by Governor Tony Evers: AB-531 ID Card Info (Stafsholt, Rob) Requiring that student identification cards include contact information for suicide prevention hotlines. Signed (Act 116) (SAA did not take a position on this bill). AB-644 School Mental Health (Steineke, Jim) Creating a school-based mental health consultation pilot program and […]

Executive Action by Assembly State Affairs

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The Assembly Committee on State Affairs recommended passage on the following education-related bills this morning: AB-670 Increasing Retirement Age (Felzkowski, Mary) Increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System; decreasing the minimum break in service for annuitants in the Wisconsin Retirement System who are rehired by a participating employer, and allowing rehired annuitants to elect […]

Executive Action by Assembly Education

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The Assembly Committee on Education recommended passage of the following three bills yesterday. AB-810 School Accounting (Felzkowski, Mary) Creating a computerized uniform school budget and accounting system. Sub.1 adopted, 10-4.   Passage as amended recommended, 10-4. (SAA is neutral on the bill.  We raised several questions/concerns at the public hearing that were largely addressed in the substitute amendment adopted by the […]

Senate Committee Approves WRS Retirement Age Bill; Assembly Committee Will Vote Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Senate Bill 612, which would increase the WRS minimum retirement age and allow annuitants to temporarily return to public work without suspending their pensions, cleared the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection on a party line, 3-2 vote.  As you know, the SAA opposes this bill.  Detail of the committee action appears […]

SAA Testifies on Energy Efficiency, Seclusion/Restraint Bills

Friday, December 20th, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified yesterday in support of Assembly Bill 553, relating to school district revenue limit adjustment for energy efficiency projects, and for information only on Assembly Bill 585, relating to the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.  Superintendents Kris Gilmore (D.C.Everest) and Joe Leschisin (Cameron) also delivered fabulous testimony in support of […]

Evers Signs SAA-Supported Bills Into Law

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

At a bill-signing ceremony in the State Capitol yesterday, Governor Tony Evers signed the following SAA-supported bills into law: AB-054 School Drills (Born, Mark) Fire, tornado, and school safety drills for public and private schools. Signed (Act 39) AB-195 Reciprocity Licenses (Tranel, Travis) A license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority. Signed (Act 43) AB-194 Special Ed […]

SAA Testifies on Cursive, Seclusion & Restraint Bills

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified yesterday in opposition to Senate Bill 414, relating to incorporating cursive writing in the elementary grades, and for information only on Senate Bill 527, relating to the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Education. SAA Testimony […]

SAA Members Testify on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The following SAA members testified in support of Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 bill at a public hearing today before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention. Jim Karedes (Delavan-Darien) Testimony Chris Medenwalt (Monroe) Testimony Gregg Wieczorek (Arrowhead) Testimony Hats off to these High School Principals for taking time out of their […]

Priority Legislative Alert on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 legislation. As we reported last week, AB 422 has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6th in the North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North), […]

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