Public Hearings September 8th and 10th

From the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB)

 

 

Tuesday, September 8

Senate Education Committee
Public Hearing (Agenda1:00 PM, Room 330 Southwest

Senate Bill 217 Relating to: allowing a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor.  (WASB supports and helped draft this bill and it is based on WASB Resolution 6.22 approved by Delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly.)

Senate Bill 244 Relating to: allowing a school board president to fill certain vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district. This bill is a response to a situation in the Racine Unified School District where the eight remaining members of the board are deadlocked 4-4 and have not been able to agree on a replacement for a board member who resigned earlier this year. (WASB opposes making this change on a statewide and permanent basis.)

Assembly Urban and Local Affairs Committee
Public Hearing (Agenda10:00 AM, Room 400 Northeast

Assembly Bill 269 Relating to: funding post-retirement health care benefits of local government employees.  (WASB opposes the bill as currently drafted. See the previous post on this bill.)

Thursday, September 10

Assembly Speaker’s Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness
Public Hearing (Agenda9:00 AM, Room 412 East

The Committee will hear invited testimony from the following organizations and/or individuals:

Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Technical College System, Department of Public Instruction, Beloit School District, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc., The Wisconsin Technology Council, The Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealer Association, Building Advantage Wisconsin.

The Task Force will accept public testimony regarding Workforce Readiness in general after the conclusion of the invited presenters.

Assembly Education Committee
Public Hearing (confirmed by chair’s office, no official agenda released yet) 10:00 AM, Room 417 North

Assembly Bill 299 Relating to: allowing a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor.  (WASB supports and helped draft this bill and it is based on WASB Resolution 6.22 approved by Delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly.)

Assembly Bill 325 Relating to: allowing a school board president to fill certain vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district. This bill is a response to a situation in the Racine Unified School District where the eight remaining members of the board are deadlocked 4-4 and have not been able to agree on a replacement for a board member who resigned earlier this year. (WASB opposes making this change on a statewide and permanent basis.)

Executive Session

Assembly Bill 287 Relating to: the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program. Under this trailer bill to 2015 Wisconsin Act 53, an AGR contract must require a school board to implement one or more of the three applicable strategies (small class sizes, instructional coaches, or one-on-one tutoring) in each class in each participating grade at each participating school (instead of one or more in current law).  The bill also delays the first annual evaluation of the AGR program by one school year so DPI must first arrange for an evaluation of the AGR program in the 2018-19 school year.

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Hearing Set on Bill to Require Pre-Funding
of Post-Retirement Health Benefits by School Boards

A pair of companion bills, Assembly Bill 269/Senate Bill 213,  authored by State Rep.Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) would require school boards to pre-fund post-retirement health benefits (also known as other post employment benefits or “OPEB”) offered to new employees.  (WASB opposes these bills in their present form)

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