Legislative Update – April 2, 2018

One-time funding for safety-related equipment and expenses signed into law at the end of March is now available to public, voucher and privately run charter schools.

WEAC and other education advocacy groups have partnered to advance recommendations to the DOJ for project funding that fits within solutions identified during a massive summit on school safety in 2015. Many of those solutions, which represent proven and sustainable methods to prevent violence in schools, have not been fully realized because of severe cuts to school funding over the past few years.

“WEAC and our partners are looking to the office of school safety to award funding that invests in long-term solutions that will be sustainable long after the grant money runs out,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher. “Sustainable programs that can be implemented in all schools – not projects that benefit only a few – are imperative to continue keeping students and educators safe at school.”

In a press release, Attorney General Brad Schimel said the funding will be awarded through grants issued by the State Justice Department, under interim director of the Office of School Safety Glenn Rehberg. Schimel noted that Rehberg:

  • Is a Senior Training Officer and chairs the Tactical Skills, Scenario, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care advisory committees housed within DOJ’s Training and Standards Bureau. His work focuses on use of force, defensive and arrest tactics, tactical response, hazardous materials, tactical emergency medical training, scenario training/testing/safety guidelines, and Incident Command System training;
  • Teaches active shooter response to law enforcement officers in conjunction with the FBI/ALERRT program; and
  • Coordinates DOJ’s concealed carry curriculum and serves as an instructor at law enforcement instructor updates.

Prior to joining the DOJ, Rehberg was an EMT, taught middle school band in public school, and spent 11 years as a law enforcement officer, sergeant, and training officer. He remains a part-time patrol officer. He lives in Dane County with his wife, an elementary school teacher, and two children, who attend public school.

UPDATE ON SCHOOL FUNDING COMMISSION HEARINGS

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding hearings, happening across Wisconsin, feature invited speakers, followed by public testimony limited to five minutes each. For assistance in developing your testimony, contact communications@weac.org.

The next hearing is 2-6 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Fred W. Lenz Conference Center, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore. The commission will hear testimony from invited speakers from local public school districts and CESA 3. Members of the public can speak after them, limited to five minutes each.

Upcoming school funding hearings:

  • Monday, April 23 – Oshkosh
  • Monday, May 7 –  Tomahawk
  • Monday, May 21 – Turtle Lake
  • Monday, June 4 – Madison