Legislative Update – April 7

Joint Finance pulls minimum number of instruction hours and project labor agreements

The Joint Finance Committee, which Thursday said it will mostly work off the governor’s proposal in its budget writing process, pulled policy items including one that would have eliminated the minimum number of school instruction hours. Other items pulled include:

  • Requiring UW graduates to have internship or work experience
  • Project labor agreements (there is a stand-alone bill that has already passed both houses)
  • Prevailing wage (which may come back as a separate bill or in the transportation budget)
  • Deleting the requirement schools boards meet at least once a month and have an annual meeting each July.
  • Permitting UW System students to decline paying the portion of segregated fees that support campus groups.
  • Requiring UW schools to lay out how to complete a bachelor’s degree in each major within three years.
  • Requiring UW schools to monitor teaching workloads for faculty and report those hours publicly.
  • Adding language to state statutes on the importance of academic freedom on UW campuses.

The Week in Review

April 6

  • Assembly Education Committee executive committee takes executive action. The committee recommended for passage a pupil data inventory bill (AB-071) and a pupil data security bill (AB-072). The committee also approved motions for introduction for legislation relating to alternative education grants and modified rules for various grant programs.

April 3

  • Governor may be OK with changing proposal to force districts to follow Act 10 for student aid. His original plan requires school districts to certify that its employees “will be required to pay at least 12 percent of all costs and payments associated with employee health care coverage plans in that year” to receive the increases. School officials have pushed back, as they already are exacting higher co-pays and deductibles, along with stagnated pay schedules, on educators. The intrusion of state government on local control and the education profession is one of several examples in budget and legislative proposals, which also include suggestions to limit referenda and create lifetime licensure for teachers and principals.

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