Legislative Update – November 22

Governor Tony Evers this week signed a bill (AB 51/SB 55) to expand the minority teacher loan program statewide. The program offers loan forgiveness for minority teachers who teach in schools that have at least 40 percent minority students. The expansion will make the program available in about 25 school districts or at tribal schools in high-demand fields such as special education, math or bilingual teaching. Before this change, only teachers in Milwaukee schools were eligible for the program. 

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Legislative Update – November 15

The Assembly was in session Tuesday, days after legislative leaders decided not to take up popular gun control measures in a special session. Representatives on Tuesday did engage in lengthy debate on whether the tree in the Capitol should be called a “holiday tree” or a “Christmas tree.” After a resolution supporting “Christmas tree,” Assembly speaker Robin Vos gaveled out for the long term, saying, “Merry Christmas.”

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WEAC Education Advocacy Update – October 25, 2019

The governor has called a special session of the Legislature starting Nov. 7, calling on legislators to take up “red-flag” law legislation and a bill to create universal background checks. The governor can’t force lawmakers to vote on the bills, and this week Republican leaders signaled they will not take up the measures. Read about this and more in the WEAC Education Advocacy Update.

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Legislative Update: October 17

The Senate Education Committee was voting Thursday on a variety of bills including ones related to: Timing of equalization aid payments to school districts, Character Education, Special Education Licensure, Kindergarten Enrollment Counts, Feasibility studies for consolidation or grade sharing, Aid for consolidation or grade sharing, Shared Services, and Dyslexia Guidebook.

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