School Start Date Bill Introduced

ottA bill to repeal the existing state statute that prohibits Wisconsin public school districts from beginning the school term prior to Sept. 1  has been introduced as Assembly Bill 103.

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).

No information is available at this time on when the bill may be scheduled for a public hearing.

The WASB supports repealing the school start date mandate and strongly supports Assembly Bill 103.  We thank the bill’s authors, Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) for bringing this bill forward.  We encourage boards to express their thanks to them as well.

If your board supports this bill, you should also consider taking your board advocacy to the next level by passing a board resolution in support of allowing local school boards to decide when to start the school term.  See a sample on our Boards Taking Action page.