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SAA Legislative Committee Expresses Concerns About Return to Work Bill

By John Forester | December 5, 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.  The proposal has the support of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB).  If adopted, the legislation would:

During the lengthy and spirited Committee discussion, members expressed strong support for rolling back the provisions of the current return to work law to allow retired teachers, administrators and staff to return to WRS-covered employment without restrictions in order to fill critical positions in school districts throughout Wisconsin.

However, Committee members also expressed the following concerns or reservations about the proposed legislation:

At the conclusion of the Committee discussion, members were asked, “If the objective is to improve our ability to recruit and retain quality teachers, administrators and staff to fill critical positions, on balance does this proposal help us do that or not?”  The clear consensus of the Committee was that the proposal does not help us with that objective.

See the bill draft here.

If you should have any comments or questions on this important policy issue, please contact me at the SAA.  Thanks for listening and, as always, thanks for everything you do on behalf of the children you serve.

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