Bills We’re Watching
2019-21 Legislative Session
Human Trafficking (AB22). Establishes industry-specific materials on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking for use in the instruction in driver education courses that provide instruction in the operation of commercial motor vehicles. This will affect new drivers only.
American Indian Studies (AB-105).Model academic standards for American Indian studies.
American Indian Instruction (AB-106). Informational materials related to a school board’s obligations to provide instruction on American Indians.
American Indian Studies (AB-107). The American Indian studies requirement for teacher licensure.
Private School American Indian Instruction (AB-108). Requires private schools participating in a parental choice program and independent charter schools to provide instruction in American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.
American Indian Instruction (AB-109). Requires instruction in American Indian studies in the elementary and high school grades.
Dyslexia Guidebook (AB-110). Develops a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions.
School Report Cards. (AB 67 / SB 64). Requires school report cards to include the percentage of pupils participating in music, dance, drama, and visual arts, would be amended to clarify that changes would begin with the 2020-21 school year under an amendment offered by Rep. Joel Kitchens. Under the bill, DPI would include this information for each high school and school district, along with the statewide percentage of participation in each subject. The bill specifies that this information may not be used to evaluate a school or district’s performance.
Conversion Therapy (AB-111). Prohibits certain mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with a minor. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change an individual’s gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation. In addition, the bill specifies that a violation of the prohibition in the bill by a mental health provider is grounds for professional discipline by the appropriate credentialing board. \
Changing requirements of American Indian studies for teacher licensure (AB107). Modifies the requirements related to American Indian students for teacher licensure. The language is changed from requiring “instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin” to “the culture, tribal sovereignty, and contemporary and historical significant events of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in this state.” This bill was prepared for the Joint Legislative Council’s Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations.
Voucher School Virtual Hours (SB111).
Apprenticeship Grants (SB-044). Provides grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses.
Youth Apprenticeship Program (SB-072). A hearing was held on this bill requiring certain occupational areas to be included in the youth apprenticeship program.
Youth Apprenticeships (SB-088). Youth apprenticeship programs.
Pupil Records (SB57 / AB53). Expands pupil information allowed to be disclosed by a public school to include the names of parents or guardians. Under current law, the information that may be included in “directory data” that may be disclosed to any person (as long as a public school notifies families of the categories of information and informs families an opt out procedure) includes pupil name, address, telephone, date/place of birth, major field of study, activity/sport participation, attendance dates, photographs, weight and height as member of athletic team, degrees/awards, and most recent school attended. School districts may include all, some or none of the categories to designate as directory data.
Character Education (AB 149 / SB 138). Authorizes the Department of Public Instruction to award grants to school districts for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators to participate in professional development trainings in character education. Under the bill, DPI is authorized to make these grants for 24 months.
Banning the ‘R’ Word. Bans terms such as “mentally retarded” from administrative rules. Governor Tony Evers recently issued an executive order to remove “mentally retarded,” “mental retardation” and “handicapped” from the rules, but the Republican sponsor of the bill continued to bring the bill forward, saying the legislative action would be a permanent solution because an executive order could be rescinded by a later governor. Evers has indicated he would sign the bill if it gets to his desk. PASSED ASSEMBLY + SENATE.