« | Home | »

Assembly, Senate Floor Action on Education Bills

By John Forester | September 29, 2021

In floor action yesterday, the GOP-controlled Senate and Assembly acted on a host of education-related bills in their respective houses.  The Senate action included passage of  a bill imposing a far-reaching requirement for school boards to make available to the public information on instructional materials and educational activities used in instruction.

On the Assembly side, members passed several education-related bills that would impose new instructional and information-posting requirements, as well as new restrictions on what can and cannot be taught in public schools.

A recap of Assembly and Senate floor action on these bills appears below, utilizing the informational resources of The Wheeler Report.  It remains to be seen how many of these bills will clear both houses and land on Governor Evers’ desk for his consideration.  Please contact the SAA with any questions you may have on these bills.

Senate

SB-358 CESA Employees (Felzkowski, Mary) Exempting cooperative educational service agency employees from wage payment frequency requirements. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged. SAA no position. 

SB-373 School Finance (Felzkowski, Mary) Making school district and school financial information available to the public. Am. 1 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am.2 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am.4 rejected, 19-12.  Passed, 20-11.  Messaged.  SAA support. 

SB-449 School Grants (Wanggaard, Van) Grants to schools to provide critical incident mapping data to law enforcement agencies. Passed, 31-0.  Messaged.  SAA support. 

SB-463 School Boards (Stroebel, Duey) Requiring school boards to make information about learning materials and educational activities used for pupil instruction available to the public. Am. 2 adopted, 18-12.  Passed, 19-11.  Messaged.  SAA oppose. 

Assembly

AB-411 Employee Training (Wichgers, Chuck) Anti-racism and anti-sexism pupil instruction and anti-racism and anti-sexism training for employees of school districts and independent charter schools. Am. 1 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Passed, 60-38.  Messaged. SAA oppose. 

AB-435 Cursive Writing (Thiesfeldt, Jeremy) Incorporating cursive writing into the state model English language arts standards and requiring cursive writing in elementary grades. Passed, 59-39.  Messaged.  SAA oppose. 

AB-561 School Board Reporting (Duchow, Cindi) Requiring school boards to report information regarding credit recovery courses. Am. 1 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am. 1 to Am. 2 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am. 2 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am. 3 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Passed, 60-38.  Messaged.  SAA oppose.  

AB-563 Civic Education (Vos, Robin) Required instruction in civic education in the elementary and high school grades; high school graduation requirements; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. Am. 3 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am. 5 adopted, (Voice Vote).  Am. 6 tabled, 60-38.  Passed, 61-37.  Messaged.  SAA oppose. 

AB-564 Covid Funds (Plumer, Jon) Reports concerning state agency expenditure of federal coronavirus relief funds and allocating federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for grants to school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools for mental health programs. Sub. 2 tabled, 60-38.  Passed, 60-38.  Messaged.  SAA no position.

SB-373 School Finance (Felzkowski, Mary) Making school district and school financial information available to the public. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged. SAA support. 

SB-463 School Boards (Stroebel, Duey) Requiring school boards to make information about learning materials and educational activities used for pupil instruction available to the public. Passed, 60-38.  Messaged.  SAA oppose.  

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

Comments are closed.