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Summary of legislative floor action for the week of March 22

Summary of legislative floor action for the week of March 22

Bills passed by both houses and headed to the governor

Senate Bill 39 (Sen. Stroebel) The bill allows a pupil who attends a virtual charter school to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in the pupil’s resident school district. Such pupils must be allowed to participate on the same basis and to the same extent that the district permits pupils enrolled in the school district to participate.

An amendment eliminated the provision in the bill prohibiting (school boards from) interscholastic athletic association membership unless the association provides a waiver from its transfer rules for reasons of educational programming. read more…

Spring ballot features 69 local school district referendum questions

In addition to the race for State Superintendent and races for local school board seats on the April 6 ballot, there will be 69 important school district referenda on the ballot as well.   

The April 6 Spring Election marks the final time school districts can place a referendum before district voters during calendar 2021.  The next opportunity won’t come again until the Spring Primary in February 2022.

The 69 ballot questions on this year’s Spring ballot compares with 57 school referenda in April 2020 and 51 school referenda on last November’s ballot.

Here is a rundown of school district referenda on the Spring Election ballot:

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Summary of legislative floor action for the week of March 22

Legislative Fiscal Bureau budget analysis released

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has completed its analysis of the governor’s budget proposal. The much-awaited “Summary Document” is now available. 

This is a key preliminary step that precedes the so-called “agency briefings” where state agency heads come before the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) to answer questions about their agency’s budget.  Typically, these agency briefings are held shortly before the JFC public hearings begin. 

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U.S. Education Dept. announces official American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding allocations

Today (3/17) the U.S. Department of Education announced funding allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) for all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The announcement includes a table outlining the individual funding amounts that will be distributed to each state.

These allocations are from the $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding 

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Senate passes bills on virtual charter student eligibility for extracurriculars, Holocaust instruction and open enrollment

The state Senate approved the following K-12-related bills in floor session on March 16:

Senate Bill 39 (Sen. Stroebel) The bill allows a pupil who attends a virtual charter school to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in the pupil’s resident school district.  Such pupils must be allowed to participate on the same basis and to the same extent that the district permits pupils enrolled in the school district to participate. read more…

Interview with Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, Joint Finance Committee member

Recently, I conducted an interview with Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek), member of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, to get her thoughts on the governor’s budget proposal for schools. This is the latest in a series of interviews I will be conducting with key state lawmakers to provide legislative insight on the state budget. We thank Rep. Rodriguez for taking the time to join us!

Rep. Rodriguez told me that she is concerned that the level of spending in the governor’s proposal may not be sustainable moving forward. She did feel optimistic, however, that there would ultimately be bipartisan agreement and mentioned special education aid and broadband expansion as shared priorities.

You can watch the full interview below: read more…

President Biden signs COVID relief bill

President Joe Biden today signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) into law. 

The nearly $1.9 trillion pandemic recovery legislation includes approximately $122.8 billion for K-12 public schools, about $7.17 billion for technology resources for schools to help close the homework gap, and $3 billion for IDEA, among other provisions.  The bill also allocates $2.75 billion in dedicated funding for nonpublic schools. read more…

JFC Co-Chairs announce schedule for public hearings on state budget

At a morning Capitol press conference, Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) today announced plans to hold three in-person public hearings on the state budget as well as an additional statewide virtual hearing.

In-person hearings will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Fri., April 9–UW Whitewater
  • Wed., April 21–Rhinelander (Hodag Dome)
  • Thurs., April 22–UW Stout (Menomonie)

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Gov. Evers announces budget listening sessions; education session is April 8

Gov. Evers announces budget listening sessions; education session is April 8

Gov. Evers has announced a series of budget listening sessions dubbed “The Badger Bounceback Live Sessions.” The session covering K-12 education is scheduled for April 8:

Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids
Thurs., April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here. 

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