Legislative Update – June 19

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Latest in the Legislature

You’ve heard of the governor’s proposal to put more into K-12 education for the first time in his governorship, and you’ve heard of the competing plan being pushed by Assembly Republicans. Now, it appears a third proposal for K-12 funding is coming to the table.

GOP senators look to be developing a plan that would use state money to help struggling rural districts – something included into the Assembly’s plan – while holding the line on property taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Senate Republicans are still discussing how much state money to pour into it.

The flurry of back-and-forth continues after the Joint Finance Committee turned down the governor’s self-insurance plan last week. A bipartisan voucher bill is on the fast-track after gaining steam last week, and three of five referendum restriction bills received a hearing.

ASSEMBLY TO MEET WEDNESDAY

The Assembly is scheduled to meet on June 21, when campus speech might be taken up, along with:

  • AB-071 Pupil Data Inventory (Legislative Council) An inventory of pupil data.
  • AB-072 Pupil Data Security (Legislative Council) Responsibilities of state superintendent related to privacy and security of pupil data.
  • AB-250 Alternative Education Grants (Assembly Education Committee).
  • AB-251 DPI Grant Programs (Assembly Education Committee) Modifying rules related to various grant programs administered by the Department of Instruction.
  • AB-266 Technical Excellence Scholarship Program (Krug, Scott) Eligibility for the Technical Excellence Higher Education Scholarship Program.
  • AB-280 Financial Literacy in Schools (Krug, Scott) Incorporating financial literacy into the curriculum of public schools.
  • AB-299 Free Expression in UW System (Kremer, Jesse) Free expression within the University of Wisconsin System, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
  • AB-383 Parental Choice Programs (Kitchens, Joel) Parental choice programs, the Special Needs Scholarship Program, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
  • AB-111 Threat to use Firearm (Doyle, Steve) Threat to use a firearm on school property to injure or kill a person and providing a criminal penalty.

NEWLY INTRODUCED BILLS

A couple new bills were introduced late last week in the Senate:

Alternative Teaching Licenses. A bill (SB 299) to expand the teacher education programs that allow educators to obtain an initial teaching license under the alternative teacher licensure path to include teacher education programs approved by the Association Montessori Internationale.

Retirement Systems. A bill (SB 302) would establish a private retirement system similar to the WRS. The first steps would be a feasibility study and public hearings, followed by proposed design of a system and report to the governor and Legislature.