Legislative Update – March 6

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Joint Finance Committee hearings … Analysis of governor’s budget proposal … The real school funding story … Weakening Wisconsin’s child labor laws … Revenue limit adjustment for replacing lead pipes … Opioid antidotes in school … Project labor agreements … Prohibiting sanctuary cities … Eliminating the office of State Treasurer … Tech ed equipment grants … Local government Civil Service.

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Walker’s budget proposes to cut Wisconsin’s pioneering farm-to-school program

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In 2009, Wisconsin was one of the first states in the nation to create a full-time farm-to-school coordinator, whose job was to connect local farmers with cafeterias in local schools. Supporters of the program call it a huge success by any measure. But Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts both the position of farm-to-school coordinator and the advisory council. In the state House, Madison Democrat Melissa Sargent says this proposal is extremely shortsighted.

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Evers says Act 10 ‘turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers’

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The 2011 state law known as Act 10 that stripped educators of their collective bargaining rights and reduced their voice in the classroom has “turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said Monday at a pre-election forum. Evers said the law “made a hell of a big difference,’ and blamed it for a growing shortage of teachers in Wisconsin.

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Legislative update – February 27

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Taking local control away from elected school boards and the communities they serve … Legislative action continues during the first week of March … Broadband expansion goes to committee … Bill changes the way state aid payments are made … Governor’s budget includes $803 million in building projects … Bill would allow a pupil’s parent or guardian to opt the student out of certain statewide examinations.

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