WEAC Legislative Update – July 4

NEW WEAC ACTION ALERTS

Tell your Senator to oppose referendum restrictions

Tell your Representative to support local control, public schools

BILLS WE’RE WATCHING

Latest in the Legislature
It’s Independence Day, and a perfect day to support democracy by standing for local control and the foundation of our democracy – public schools! Contact your legislators to ask them to oppose bills that tie the hands of elected school boards to provide for their students today!

On the Issues

Alternative Teaching Licenses. An Assembly companion bill, AB 423, to a Senate proposal (SB 299) was introduced 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.

Character Education for Teachers. An Assembly companion bill, AB 419, to a Senate proposal (SB 329) requiring the DPI to administer grants for professional development training in character education for teachers, principals and school district administrators is now introduced. The bill also requires DPI to count professional development training in character development towards any professional development requirements for teacher or administrator licensure. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Education, and there is no companion bill at this time. View Bill History

Guns in School. AB 427 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Education. The bill would create a comprehensive firearm education curriculum for to be offered as an elective to high school pupils. The bill requires the state superintendent to jointly develop the curriculum with the Department of Natural Resources, a law enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearms safety or that certifies firearms instructors. View Bill History

State Treasurer. It’s official. After many go-arounds through the years, state lawmakers have made the move to delete the office of state treasurer from the Wisconsin constitution that the treasurer be elected by the people. Voters will have the final say on the idea of changing the state constitution, no sooner than April 2018.