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Legislative hearings ramp up this week with a number of K-12 bills

Legislative hearings ramp up this week with a number of K-12 bills

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.

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Assembly education committee to hold hearing on reading instruction overhaul

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…)

Legislative hearings ramp up this week with a number of K-12 bills

Bill increasing tobacco/nicotine/vapor product age to 21 to have public hearing Thursday

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…)

LFB: State tax collections $319 million higher than previous estimates

LFB: State tax collections $319 million higher than previous estimates

According to a memo by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, tax collections for the 2020-21 fiscal year have come in $319 million, or 1.7%, higher than previously estimated in early June.

From the Wisconsin State Journal: “The new state Department of Revenue data indicate that actual tax collections for the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30, were 11.6% higher than the previous year, according to preliminary estimates.

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Governor announces COVID vaccine incentive plan

Governor Evers today announced today that the state will offer a $100 incentive to Wisconsin residents who get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the next two weeks. 

The new state vaccine incentive program will be funded through the use of federal coronavirus stimulus dollars. All Wisconsin residents age 12 and older, the group currently eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, are eligible to receive the incentive. (more…)

President directs U.S. Ed Dept. to use civil rights authority to block statewide bans on face masks in schools

Stating that, “a top priority of my administration is to do everything in our power to ensure a safe return to full-time, in-person school for our nation’s children,” President Joe Biden, has issued a memorandum to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona directing him to use all available tools to ensure that governors and other leaders are providing a safe return to in-person learning for the nation’s children. (more…)