As an addendum to our previous post, the following bills also received a public hearing in the Assembly education committee on Thursday, Sept. 17.
AB 562 This bill requires each school board of a school district and each operator of an independent charter school, before providing any program related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression to a pupil in the school district or attending the charter school, to give notice of the program to the pupil’s parents or guardians. This notice is required with respect to a pupil in any grade before such a program is provided to the pupil. A “program” is defined to include instruction and materials as well as any test, survey, questionnaire, or other activity. (more…)
Tuesday, Sept. 14
10AM Assembly Committee on Education (WisEYE live coverage)
1:30PM Assembly Committee on Corrections (WisEYE live coverage)
- AB 216 (school report cards) – requires DPI, for purposes of measuring a school district’s improvement, to exclude data derived from a juvenile detention facility or secured residential care center for children and youth if 50 percent or more of the pupils residing at the facility do not reside there for the entire school term.
Speaking from the White House, President Biden yesterday announced a set of sweeping mandates he intends to impose as part of an “action plan” to combat the resurgent COVID pandemic triggered by a surge in the delta variant. Those mandates would require millions of Americans to be vaccinated against COVID.
The President also called on states to voluntarily adopt COVID vaccine requirements for all school employees. (more…)
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. (more…)
A bill authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) that proposes raising the legal age for sale, purchase, and possession of cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco products and vapor products to 21 will have a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM in Room 411 South in the State Capitol.
The WASB supports the aims of the bill, from the standpoint that raising the age would help keep these products out of K-12 schools. WASB Resolution 6.02 states: (more…)
Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley released the following statement:
We’ve become increasingly alarmed at the recent reports of personal threats of violence and harassment directed at school board members across the state.
Civil disagreement and protest are cornerstones of our democracy but attempts to intimidate school board members and physically disrupt school board proceedings are not acceptable. (more…)