Busy Week Ahead at the Capitol: Task Force Meets and Bills Affecting School Boards Scheduled for Public Hearings

It will be a busy week at the Capitol this week with several hearings scheduled on legislation related to school boards and K-12 education:

Tuesday, September 8

Senate Education Committee
Public Hearing (Agenda) 1:00 PM, Room 330 Southwest

Senate Bill 217 Relating to: allowing a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor.  (WASB supports and helped draft this bill and it is based on WASB Resolution 6.22 approved by Delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly.)

Senate Bill 244 Relating to: allowing a school board president to fill certain vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district. This bill is a response to a situation in the Racine Unified School District where the eight remaining members of the board are deadlocked 4-4 and have not been able to agree on a replacement for a board member who resigned earlier this year. (WASB opposes making this change on a statewide and permanent basis.)

Assembly Urban and Local Affairs Committee
Public Hearing (Agenda) 10:00 AM, Room 400 Northeast

Assembly Bill 269 Relating to: funding post-retirement health care benefits of local government employees.  (WASB opposes the bill as currently drafted. See the previous post on this bill.)

Thursday, September 10

Assembly Speaker’s Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness
Public Hearing (Agenda) 9:00 AM, Room 412 East

The Committee will hear invited testimony from the following organizations and/or individuals:
Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Technical College System, Department of Public Instruction, Beloit School District, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc., The Wisconsin Technology Council, The Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealer Association, Building Advantage Wisconsin.

The Task Force will accept public testimony regarding Workforce Readiness in general after the conclusion of the invited presenters.

Assembly Education Committee
Public Hearing (Agenda) 10:00 AM, Room 417 North

Assembly Bill 299 Relating to: allowing a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor.  (WASB supports and helped draft this bill and it is based on WASB Resolution 6.22 approved by Delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly.)

Assembly Bill 325 Relating to: allowing a school board president to fill certain vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district. This bill is a response to a situation in the Racine Unified School District where the eight remaining members of the board are deadlocked 4-4 and have not been able to agree on a replacement for a board member who resigned earlier this year. (WASB opposes making this change on a statewide and permanent basis.)

Executive Session (Agenda)

Assembly Bill 287 Relating to: the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program.  Under this trailer bill to 2015 Wisconsin Act 53, an AGR contract must require a school board to implement one or more of the three applicable strategies (small class sizes, instructional coaches, or one-on-one tutoring) in each class in each participating grade at each participating school (instead of one or more in current law).  The bill also delays the first annual evaluation of the AGR program by one school year so DPI must first arrange for an evaluation of the AGR program in the 2018-19 school year.