DPI Releases County Level Youth Risk Behavior Survey

By John Forester | October 21, 2019

From The Wheeler Report:

The Department of Public Instruction is releasing the Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, and for the first time the information is available on a county-level basis. The statewide results have been compiled every two years since 1993.

See the DPI news release here.

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Legal Update: Ensure that Regular Education Teachers Have Access to Student IEPs

By John Forester | October 21, 2019

From the Legal Side…

The Buelow Vetter Law Firm has recently published this Legal Update on the importance of ensuring that regular education teachers have access to student IEPs.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Strang Patteson.

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Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Energy Efficiency Exemption

By John Forester | October 18, 2019

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 494 (see below), relating to the school district revenue limit adjustment for energy efficiency projects, at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 22nd in Room 201 Southeast, State Capitol.  Please contact the SAA with any comments or questions regarding this bill.

SB-494 School Revenue Limits (Olsen, Luther) The school district revenue limit adjustment for energy efficiency projects.

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Senate Education Committee Executive Session

By John Forester | October 17, 2019

This morning, the Senate Education Committee recommended for passage several bills supported by the SAA (see below).

AB-110 Dyslexia Guidebook (Legislative Council) Developing a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions. Senate Am. 1 adopted, 7-1.   Passage as amended recommended, 7-1. The SAA is neutral on this bill but was instrumental in developing the Senate amendment altering the membership of the advisory committee created by the bill. 

SB-138 Professional Development Training (Darling, Alberta) Professional development training in character education for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Am. 1 adopted, 8-0.   Passage as amended recommended, 6-2.  SAA support.

AB-194 Special Ed Licenses (Tranel, Travis) Requirements for initial licensure as a special education teacher. Passage recommended, 8-0. SAA support. 

SB-415 Equalization Aid (Olsen, Luther) The timing of equalization aid payments to school districts. Am. 1 adopted, 7-0.   Passage as amended recommended, 7-0.  SAA support.  

SB-408 Pupil Counting (Olsen, Luther) Counting pupils enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten. Passage recommended, 7-1. SAA support. 

SB-409 Feasibility Study Grants (Olsen, Luther) Grants for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and making an appropriation. Passage recommended, 8-0.  SAA support.

SB-412 Categorical Aid (Darling, Alberta) Whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an appropriation. Am. 2 adopted, 8-0.   Passage as amended recommended, 8-0.  SAA support.

SB-413 Shared Services Aid (Darling, Alberta) A shared services aid program for school districts, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Am. 1 adopted, 7-0.   Passage as amended recommended, 7-0.  SAA support.

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Cost of Wisconsin Voucher Programs Nears $350 Million

By John Forester | October 16, 2019

Check out this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story on the cost of the voucher programs and the resulting impact on property taxpayers in Wisconsin.  What becomes increasingly clear is Wisconsin is financing voucher expansion on the backs of Wisconsin property taxpayers.

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DPI Releases Numbers on General School Funding

By John Forester | October 15, 2019

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) posted information today that supports school districts as they plan for state general school aids they will receive during the current school year. Today’s information includes certified general school aid amounts for each school district, as well as 2019-20 student enrollment numbers for independent charter schools and private schools participating in state parental choice programs. These enrollments were used to determine amounts that will be deducted or withheld from school districts’ aid payments to fund these programs.

For more information, see the DPI news release here.

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State Senate Passes Several Education Bills

By John Forester | October 9, 2019

Several education bills supported by SAA passed during yesterday’s State Senate floor action including:

SB-160 School Board Meeting Notice (Olsen, Luther) The method for providing notice of a special meeting of a school board. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.  

AB-053 Pupil Records (Born, Mark) Pupil records. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.  

AB-054 School Drills (Born, Mark) Fire, tornado, and school safety drills for public and private schools. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.  

AB-195 Reciprocity Licenses (Tranel, Travis) A license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority. Passed, (Voice Vote).  Messaged.  

Please contact the SAA with any questions or comments on any of these bills.

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Florence School Board Adopts Tobacco 21 Resolution

By John Forester | October 8, 2019

The Board of Education of the School District of Florence County has unanimously approved a resolution (and forwarded it to their legislators) supporting raising the minimum sales for all tobacco products to 21, up from the current 18.  Check it out.

As you know, the SAA supports SB 364/AB 422, which would raise the minimum sales age for all tobacco and nicotine products to 21.

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SAA Testifies on Blue Ribbon Commission Bills

By John Forester | October 7, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified in support of all six Blue Ribbon Commission bills scheduled for a rare Senate and Assembly Education Committee joint public hearing held last Thursday, October 3rd.  Both the Senate and Assembly companion bills are listed below.  The SAA’s testimony is also linked below.  (Testimony is identified by Senate Bill numbers only.)  Aaron Sadoff, Superintendent at North Fond du Lac, delivered fabulous testimony on SB 415.  (Many thanks Aaron!)  The fate of all these bills is uncertain at this time.  If you should have any comments or questions regarding these bills, please contact the SAA.

Assembly Bills

AB-441 Shared Services Aid (Felzkowski, Mary) A shared services aid program for school districts, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

AB-442 Categorical Aid (Felzkowski, Mary) Whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an appropriation.

AB-456 Feasibility Study Grants (Kitchens, Joel) Grants for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and making an appropriation.

AB-461 Equalization Aid (Hutton, Rob) The timing of equalization aid payments to school districts.

AB-464 Four Year Old Kindergarten (Kitchens, Joel) The age at which a child may attend four-year-old kindergarten.

AB-465 Pupil Counting (Kitchens, Joel) Counting pupils enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten.

Senate Bills

SB-407 Four Year Old Kindergarten (Olsen, Luther) The age at which a child may attend four-year-old kindergarten.

SB-408 Pupil Counting (Olsen, Luther) Counting pupils enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten.

SB-409 Feasibility Study Grants (Olsen, Luther) Grants for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and making an appropriation.

SB-412 Categorical Aid (Darling, Alberta) Whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an appropriation.

SB-413 Shared Services Aid (Darling, Alberta) A shared services aid program for school districts, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

SB-415 Equalization Aid (Olsen, Luther) The timing of equalization aid payments to school districts.

 

SAA Testimony on SB 409, 412, 413

SAA Testimony on SB 407, 408

SAA Testimony on SB 415

Aaron Sadoff Testimony on SB 415 and Information

 

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SAA Testifies on Lead Testing Bill

By John Forester | October 1, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified today for information only on Senate Bill 423, relating to lead testing of school drinking water.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

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