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WASB Government Relations team activities at the State Education Convention

WASB Government Relations team activities at the State Education Convention

The WASB Government Relations Team looks forward to seeing you in person at the 2022 State Education Convention.

Here is a brief summary of some of our key activities:

  • Pre-Delegate Assembly Discussion Session*

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom, Milwaukee Hilton City Center Hotel (5th Floor)

*There will be an option for board members who are unable to attend in-person to participate in this meeting via Zoom. Details to follow. (more…)

Federal agencies announce temporary CDL flexibility to address school bus driver shortage

From a U.S. Dept. of Education release: “Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education (Department), that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is giving states the option of waiving the portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test that requires applicants to identify the “under the hood” engine components. All other components of the written and road test will remain.

“This announcement aims to alleviate some of the labor shortage challenges schools are facing and is one of many resources the Department continues to provide to safely keep schools open for full-time, in-person learning.”

Legislative leaders invite governor to deliver State of the State address on Feb 15

Legislative leaders invite governor to deliver State of the State address on Feb 15

Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) have invited Governor Tony Evers to deliver the 2022 State of the State address on February 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. “live and in-person” to a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature in the Assembly chambers. 

The State of the State is an annual address given by the governor where they can lay out their top priorities and policy goals for the year. The legislative leaders laid out what they most want to see addressed in their letter which you can access here.

Assembly Democrats elect Rep. Greta Neubauer of Racine new leader

Assembly Democrats elect Rep. Greta Neubauer of Racine new leader

State Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) has been chosen by her Assembly Democratic colleagues to be the new Assembly Minority Leader. She succeeds Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) who recently stepped down. Rep. Neubauer was first elected to the Assembly in a January 2018 special election and has been reelected since November 2018.

She was a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. See her full statement.

Rep. Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee) was also elected Assistant Minority Leader, replacing Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) who has announced intention to run for the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jon Erpenbach.

Legislative leaders invite governor to deliver State of the State address on Feb 15

Assembly Education Chair Rep. Thiesfeldt announces he will not seek reelection

State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) has announced he will not seek reelection to the state Assembly. He has been a member of the Assembly Committee on Education since first being elected in 2010 and the chair since 2015. He announced he will finish his current term.

From his release: 

“It is an honor to serve the citizens of the 52nd District in the WI State Assembly. Ever since the first time I was elected, I have been frequently asked how long I intended to serve. I have always publicly stated that I did not believe elected office was a long-term appointment, and it was my intention to return to the classroom some day when the time was right.” (more…)