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Senate, Assembly to Take Up Education Bills Today

By John Forester | September 28, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …

— The Assembly and Senate, hitting the floor today for the first time during the fall floor period, will take up legislation to require school districts to post more information about what they teach.

AB 488/SB 463 would require school districts to post on their websites learning materials organized by subject area, grade level and teacher. Districts wouldn’t have to post teachers’ lesson plans under an amendment to the bill, though the materials covered would include syllabi, outlines and handouts.

Meanwhile, AB 378/SB 373 would require the Department of Public Instruction to create an online portal that displays financial information from all school districts starting in the 2023-24 school year. Under the bill, an 11-member committee would advise DPI in developing the portal.

— The Assembly has several other education bills on its calendar, including one that GOP backers say would ban teaching critical race theory in K-12 classrooms.

Along with AB 411, the chamber plans to take up AB 414, which would bar anti-racism and sexism training for state and local government employees.

Other education bills on the calendar include:

*AB 435, which would require the state superintendent to incorporate cursive writing into model academic standards for English language arts;
*AB 563, which would require DPI to develop model civics curriculum that includes topics such as an understanding of the founding principles of the U.S., “a sense of civic pride,” and understanding of effectively advocating before governmental bodies and officials.
*AB 564, which would direct Gov. Tony Evers to direct $100 million in ARPA funds to school mental health programs.

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