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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…)

Feds approve release of 95% of Wisconsin’s ARPA K-12 COVID relief allocation

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) today announced it has approved the release of 95 percent (nearly $1.4 billion) of Wisconsin’s ESSER III funding allocation to school districts. ESSER III funding was provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enacted by Congress in March 2021.

However, in its approval letter, the USED disallowed the portion of  Wisconsin’s plan that allocated 5 percent (about $77 million) of the funding under conditions imposed by the Wisconsin legislature’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) that rewarded districts that held predominately in-person instruction. (more…)

Governor takes action on a pair of bills affecting K-12 education

Governor Tony Evers today signed one bill affecting K-12 public schools into law and vetoed another, as he took action on 29 bills in total.

The governor signed Senate Bill 449 into law as 2021 Wisconsin Act 109. 

This new law: a)  allows critical incident mapping data to be submitted in lieu of school blueprints when school districts submit required school safety plan information to the Office of School Safety; and b) provides up to $2 million funding to the Department of Justice in the 2021-23 biennium that must be used to award schools grants to assist with submitting critical incident mapping data. 

  • The WASB supported Senate Bill 449.

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