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Assembly Passes Several Education Bills Today

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

In floor action today, the State Assembly passed several education bills today, including the following (SAA positions added in bold): AB-495 Firearm Possession (Brooks, Rob) Possession of a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds by a person with a license to carry a concealed weapon. Am. 1 tabled, 60-35.  Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged. SAA Opposes.  AB-843 Firearm Education (Pronschinske, Treig) Comprehensive firearm […]

Bond Referendum Bill Clears Senate Committee

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection recommended for passage today on a 3-2 party-line vote Senate Bill 448, relating to including with a referendum question for issuing bonds a statement of the estimated interest accruing on the amount of the bonds.  The SAA opposes SB 448.  Please see below the […]

Wisconsin Falls Further Below National Average on K-12 Spending

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

In September 2020, you might recall that the Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) released a report in which it used 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data (the most recent available at the time) to conclude the following regarding Wisconsin’s K-12 spending trends in comparison to the rest of the nation: In 2002, Wisconsin per-pupil spending ranked 12th highest […]

Vos Strips Ramthun of Staff Over “Election Lies”

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

From …Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has taken away the lone staff member assigned to Rep. Tim Ramthun, telling today the move was made after his fellow Republican told “bold-faced lies” about his GOP colleagues.Ramthun, R-Campbellsport, has introduced a series of measures in recent weeks seeking to revoke Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes cast for […]

DPI Submits Modified ESSER III Plan to JFC

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

From …DPI wants to use a smaller pot of federal COVID-19 funds to reward districts that provided in-person instruction during the pandemic.This comes after the U.S. Department of Education rejected an earlier proposal from GOP lawmakers to use more of the money for the effort.The new DPI plan would use some of the money […]

Vos Urges Nicholson to Forego Guv Race

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

From …Assembly Speaker Robin Vos today said conservative Kevin Nicholson should not enter the GOP race for guv and instead focus his efforts on 2024.During a luncheon at the Madison Club, the Rochester Republican said Nicholson would be better off saving his war chest for the next cycle instead of wasting money attempting […]

Executive Action by Assembly Committee on Education

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

From Wheeler . . . The Assembly Committee on Education took the following action on education-related bills on Tuesday, January 18th (SAA positions added in bold): SB-589 Reading Test License (Darling, Alberta) The Foundations of Reading test licensure requirement. Passage recommended, 12-0.  SAA support. AB-611 Reading Test License (Mursau, Jeff) The Foundations of Reading test licensure requirement. Passage recommended, 12-0.  SAA support. AB-617 Kindergarten (Rodriguez, Jessie) […]

Steineke Won’t Seek Reelection

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

From …Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, announced today he won’t seek reelection this fall.Steineke, first elected to the Assembly in 2010, has served as majority leader since 2015. He was the assistant majority leader in the 2013-14 session.In a statement, he called serving in the Assembly one of the most rewarding and challenging […]

GOP Lawmakers Take Second Run at Reading Assessment Bill

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

From … Two GOP lawmakers signaled today they will take a second run at legislation that sought to overhaul how elementary schools work with students struggling to read.Gov. Tony Evers in November vetoed SB 454, which would’ve tripled the number of literacy tests young students take. It also would require educators to create a […]

Johnson Formally Announces Reelection Bid

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

From …GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, today formally announced he would seek reelection to “continue to fight for freedom in the public realm.”Johnson, R-Oshkosh, vowed before his 2016 reelection that he wouldn’t seek a third term. But he hedged on that promise after Dems […]

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