Assembly Education Committee Recap (Jan. 14)

EXECUTIVE ACTION BY ASSEMBLY EDUCATION

AB-517 School Crime Reporting (Jagler, John (R-Watertown)) Reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events and granting rule−making authority. Am.1 adopted, 16-0.   Passage as amended recommended, 11-5.

WASB opposes this bill as drafted, although we view the amended version as an improvement.

AB-581 Vocational Teaching Licenses (Knodl, Daniel (R-Germantown)) Licenses to teach vocational education subjects. Passage recommended, 10-5.

WASB is neutral on this bill.

AB-602 Private School Accrediting (Katsma, Terry (R-Oostburg)) Accrediting entities for private schools participating in a parental choice program. Am.1 adopted, 11-5.   Passage as amended recommended, 11-5.

PUBLIC HEARING

Assembly Bill 488 Relating to: requiring an evaluation by a local educational agency of whether a pupil with an extended absence from school is a child with a disability. By Representatives Mason, Berceau, Bowen, Hintz, Meyers, Milroy, Sinicki and C. Taylor; cosponsored by Senator Wirch.

This bill was brought forward in response to complaints from a parent in Racine.  The WASB submitted testimony for information detailing several concerns we have identified with the bill.

Assembly Bill 664 Relating to: mental health services in schools. By Representatives Kitchens, Tittl, VanderMeer, Ballweg, R. Brooks, Duchow, Horlacher, Knudson, Krug, Kulp, Murphy, Novak, A. Ott, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Vorpagel and E. Brooks; cosponsored by Senators LeMahieu, Olsen, Harsdorf, Bewley, Lassa and Marklein.

This bill would remove barriers to providing mental health services in schools. WASB registered in support of this bill.

Assembly Bill 665 Relating to: grants for participation in robotics competitions and making an appropriation. By Representatives Neylon, Thiesfeldt, Born, Hintz, Brostoff, Rohrkaste, Ripp, Edming, Skowronski, T. Larson, Rodriguez, Stuck, Sinicki, Zepnick and Goyke; cosponsored by Senators Nass, Gudex, Wanggaard, Harsdorf and Roth

WASB has not identified any concerns with this bill.