Two groups say so-called ‘Teacher Protection Act’ would harm vulnerable students

Wisconsin Family Ties and Disability Rights Wisconsin will hold a press conference Thursday immediately prior to an Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on AB693, also known as the “Teacher Protection Act,” to hear concerns about the effects of the bill on vulnerable students.  Speakers include a counselor, a parent, and a school board member.

WHEN: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: State Capitol, Room 415NW, Madison


  • Shana Schloemer, MS, LPC, Northshore Clinics, West Bend; interviewee from the Dan O’Donnell NewsTalk 1130 story “Blood on the Blackboard”
  • Nikki Weigel, Wisconsin Dells; parent of a student with disabilities who was arrested at school at age 9
  • Nicki Vander Meulen, Madison; attorney and member of the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education


  • Joanne Juhnke, Policy Director, Wisconsin Family Ties

Speakers from across Wisconsin will alert the press and public to the dangers of AB693, the so-called “Teacher Protection Act,” for vulnerable students in Wisconsin. The event will include perspectives from Wisconsin residents involved with students who would be disproportionately and negatively affected by the proposal. Participants bring a variety of experiences to their speeches and testimony, but all agree in their opposition to AB693, which offers no new resources or ideas for bringing safety through improved relationships and behavior. Instead, it would increase the use of ineffective punitive measures that are already overused on students who face significant challenges.

WEAC also believes the bill misses mark on teacher protection. WEAC is not supporting the proposed legislation, and instead is offering – from the educators’ perspective – protections that would make a difference in our classrooms and schools. Read more about this bill.

Wisconsin Family Ties is a parent-run nonprofit organization serving families that include children with social, emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.

Disability Rights Wisconsin is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Wisconsin.