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

by | Sep 14, 2021 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

1PM Assembly Committee on State Affairs (WisEYE live coverage)

  • AB 435 (Cursive) – requires the state superintendent of public instruction to incorporate cursive writing into the model academic standards for English language arts. The bill also requires all school boards, independent charter schools, and private schools participating in a parental choice program to include cursive writing in its respective curriculum for the elementary grades. Specifically, each elementary school curriculum must include the objective that pupils be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.

2PM Assembly Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight (WisEYE live coverage)

  • AB 378 (financial info) – requires DPI to create a school district financial information portal, in a format that allows the public to download, sort, search, and access the information at no cost. The bill also creates an advisory committee (including a WASB appointee) to advise the DPI on the portal. The bill requires no new data collection at the school or district level.
  • AB 475 (referendum interest) – the statement included with the referendum question must also provide the estimated amount of the interest accruing on the amount of the bonds, along with the interest rate. If the interest rate is a variable rate, the statement must also specify the amount of the interest accruing on the amount of the bonds calculated using the lowest rate during the term for which the rate is applicable and the amount of the interest accruing on the amount of the bonds calculated using the highest rate during the term for which the rate is applicable.

Thursday, Sept. 16

10AM Assembly Committee on Education

  • AB 560 (safe haven) – requires a school board that provides a human growth and development instructional program to include in the instructional program an explanation of the process under current law for a parent of a newborn to relinquish custody of the newborn to a law enforcement officer, emergency medical services practitioner, or hospital staff member.
  • AB 561 (credit recovery courses) – requires a school board annually to report to the Department of Public Instruction the number of pupils who attended a credit recovery course during the school year and, for each pupil, the pupil’s grade level and the subject of the recovery course the pupil attended. DPI must annually compile and submit that information to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature. In the bill, “credit recovery course” means a program or course, including an alternative education program, as defined in s. 115.28 (7) (e) 1., that allows a pupil to retake a course or make up course credit for a course that the pupil took but did not pass and that is required for high school graduation.

10:30AM Senate Committee on Education (WisEYE live coverage)

  • SB 373 (financial info) – requires DPI to create a school district financial information portal, in a format that allows the public to download, sort, search, and access the information at no cost. The bill also creates an advisory committee (including a WASB appointee) to advise the DPI on the portal. The bill requires no new data collection at the school or district level.
  • SB 431 (Cursive) – requires the state superintendent of public instruction to incorporate cursive writing into the model academic standards for English language arts. The bill also requires all school boards, independent charter schools, and private schools participating in a parental choice program to include cursive writing in its respective curriculum for the elementary grades. Specifically, each elementary school curriculum must include the objective that pupils be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
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