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SAA Opposes AB 670/SB 612

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified today in opposition to Assembly Bill 670  and Senate Bill 612 , relating to increasing the minimum WRS retirement age and return-to-work provisions for WRS annuitants.  Testimony was delivered during public hearings on the bills before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and the Senate Committee on Government Operations, […]

WRS Retirement Age/Return-to-Work Bills to Receive Public Hearings

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Companion bills Assembly Bill 670 and Senate Bill 612, relating to increasing the minimum WRS retirement age and return-to-work provisions for WRS annuitants, will receive public hearings concurrently in both the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection and the Assembly Committee on State Affairs on Wednesday, January 29th.  The hearing notices are […]

Proposals Abound for Anticipated State Revenue Increase

Friday, January 24th, 2020

From WisPolitics.com … The latest revenue estimates give the guv and lawmakers an additional $451.9 million — and maybe more — to play with ahead of the fall election with competing proposals to spend the money or create new tax cuts. The estimates come as Gov. Tony Evers formally released an $8.5 million package to […]

DPI Endorses “Explicit Phonics Instruction”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

In her remarks at the State Education Convention on Wednesday, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor alluded to the DPI’s endorsement of “explicit phonics instruction” as a critical component of reading instruction. Check out the coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

Stanford Taylor Won’t Seek Full Term as DPI Superintendent in ’21

Monday, January 13th, 2020

From WisPolitics.com … Carolyn Stanford Taylor, who Gov. Tony Evers appointed to replace him as state superintendent, announced today she will not seek a full term in 2021. “I promised Governor Evers I would commit to completing the 2 1/2 years left in his term as state superintendent and to continue the work we had […]

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 […]

State of the State Address, January 22nd

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . . Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has sent a letter to Governor Evers saying he is offering an invitation to deliver the State of the State address to a joint session of the Wisconsin Legislature on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the Assembly Chambers.

Pope and Others Propose Voucher Accountability Package

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . . Reps. Sondy Pope and Dave Considine and Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Janet Bewley are circulating four bills as part of their “Voucher School Accountability to Protect Property Taxpayers” package. LRB-4156 Memo Special Needs Scholarships (Pope, Sondy) Phasing out the Special Needs Scholarship Program and limiting enrollment in parental choice programs. This […]

SAA Legislative Committee Expresses Concerns About Return to Work Bill

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

At the SAA Legislative Committee meeting held on November 25th, Committee members discussed the merits of WRS annuitant return to work legislation for more than an hour.  The legislation, authored by Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), was circulating for co-sponsorship inside the State Capitol at the time of the Committee meeting.  […]

Arrowhead High School On Good Morning America

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Check out Arrowhead High School Principal Gregg Wieczorek on Good Morning America this morning discussing Arrowhead’s student-to-student vaping prevention efforts.  You might recall that Gregg delivered fabulous testimony earlier this month at the public hearing on the Tobacco 21 legislation.  Awesome job Gregg!!

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