WEAC Legislative Update – July 7


New WEAC Action Alerts

Tell your Senator to oppose referendum restrictions

Tell your Representative to support local control, public schools


Latest in the Legislature
News reports say Republican senators are still discussing what to do about a budget impasse, a week after the Legislature missed a June 30 deadline to pass a new budget. While lawmakers figure things out, state spending continues at current levels. ICYMI, a group of key senators rejected a proposal to impose a new fee on heavy trucks, the potential for new jobs coming to WI was raised, and the governor proposed a compromise deal based on procuring additional federal dollars to help fund highway projects.

On the Issues:
Competitive Bidding. A bill requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing  before the Assembly Committee on Local Government on Wednesday, July 12 at 11 a.m.

Licensure. Effective July 1, 2017, The Department of Public Instruction has put forward an array of emergency rules that have a direct impact on teacher licensure. An “emergency rule” is a temporary rule that a State Department has determined to be necessary to immediately preserve the peace, health, safety or welfare of the public. Emergency rules go into effect for 150 days and require legislative review. Emergency rules can be extended for no more than 60 days. Typically emergency rules simply move into permanent status with little change. These are some of the most pertinent emergency rules affecting teacher licensure:

  • Immediate issuing of licenses to teachers from another state who have successfully completed the edTPA or the National Board process.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, allowing Initial and Professional Educators to use professional growth goals and work in Educator Effectiveness as another option to renew or advance their license.
  • Allowing educator preparation programs flexibility in their admissions policies by removing specific testing (Praxis CORE) and GPA requirements.
  • Allowing teacher and pupil services candidates to demonstrate content knowledge with a 3.0 or higher GPA in their license area or by successfully completing a content-based portfolio.
  • Removing the master’s degree requirement for the Library Media Specialist license and make it a stand-alone license based on completion of a major.

See the complete list of all current DPI emergency rules.

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