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Assembly education committee to hold hearing on reading instruction overhaul

by | Sep 7, 2021 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

The state Assembly Committee on Education, chaired by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. The committee will receive public testimony on the following bills:

Assembly Bill 446 (Rep. Kitchens) Relating to: reading readiness assessments.

Citing Wisconsin’s falling ranks in reading proficiency compared to other states, a number of state legislative Republicans have proposed a massive overhaul of the reading readiness program including a laundry list of stringent new state mandates relating to screening, assessments, interventions, parental notifications and reporting requirements. The new mandates are very specific, even dictating what companies and products must be approved for use. See this post for a comparison of current law and what is required by the bill.

Assembly Bill 420 (Rep. Duchow) Relating to: payments to an independent charter school authorized by a tribal college.

Currently, DPI pays a different per pupil amount to an independent charter school authorized by a tribal college than it pays to other independent charter schools. For the 2020-21 school year, the per pupil amount paid to an independent charter school authorized by a tribal college is $8,719 compared to $9,165 to an independent charter school authorized by an entity other than a tribal college.

This bill eliminates the different per pupil amount paid to independent charter schools authorized by a tribal college and, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, DPI will pay the same per pupil amount to all independent charter schools.

The hearing notice states that time limits may be imposed to allow as many registrants as possible an opportunity to testify.

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