Governor Signs Several School-Related Bills into Law

Gov. Scott Walker signed 30 bills into law this morning in the Capitol.  Among those bills were:

  • Senate Bill 32, providing schools participating in the SAGE program with additional flexibility, while requiring those schools to implement strategies for improving academic performance of low-income pupils. (See a previous post for details on this bill.) [SB 32 was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 53.];
  • Senate Bill 122, allowing schools to use first-class mail (and simultaneously sent e-mails) for notifying the parent or guardian of habitually truant pupil.  [SB 122 was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 52.];
  • Assembly Bill 56, requiring the UW Board of Regents to submit an annual report to the Legislature and the State Superintendent identifying those high schools with more than six students who were required to take remedial courses in English or mathematics in the prior year based on placement test results, and the number of such students within those high schools. (The WASB successfully lobbied for an amendment to require the State Superintendent to provide a copy of the report to each school board in the state.) [AB 56 was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 28.]
  • Senate Bill 121, relating to various election law changes. (An amendment to the bill suggested by the WASB changes “45 days” to “70 days” in the statute setting the deadline for adopting and filing a resolution for a school district bond referendum, in order to be consistent with the general statutory requirement to file a referendum no later than 70 days prior to the election at which the referendum will be considered.) [SB 121 was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 37.]; and
  • Assembly Bill 37, requiring operators or managers of certain school lunchrooms to hold certificates of food protection practices  (The WASB successfully lobbied for an amendment that provides that, for purposes of school lunchrooms, an “operator or manager” is the person responsible for the administration of food services for the public school district and specifies that a school district complies with the bill as long as the school district has at least one certificate holder.)  [AB 37 was signed into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 46.]