Legislative Update: June 10

The Assembly Education Committee will meet Thursday to vote on two teacher licensing bills, including one that makes exceptions for a particular license area, special education, which could open the door to more carving out of exceptions in specific licensing areas, and lowers the standard for special education teachers, those teachers who serve Wisconsin’s most intellectually vulnerable population.

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Legislative Update: June 7

The Joint Finance Committee voted this week not to use federal Medicaid funds available under the Affordable Care Act, which would have resulted in an additional $1.6 billion investment in health programs and freed up state funds to support schools and roads. Also, an analysis of the education budget passed through the Joint Finance Committee last week shows that students enrolled in private voucher schools would again receive higher per-pupil payments than public school students.

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Legislative Update – May 28

The Assembly Education Committee is holding hearings this week on several bills including ones that would open the door to more exceptions in special teacher licensing areas, change the way out-of-state teachers can be licensed to teach in Wisconsin, and prohibit schools from “lunch shaming” students whose families are not able to pay for lunch.

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Joint Finance Committee passes education budget that provides just a fraction of what Evers has requested

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Thursday voted – 11-4 along party lines – to advance an education budget providing a fraction of what Governor Tony Evers proposed: a $500 million increase, versus the $1.4 billion Evers has proposed in his People’s Budget. “Politicians don’t stand face-to-face with children who need extra help,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They don’t spend hours in the evening communicating with families to make the difference for students. They don’t accept declining pay and benefits and increasing stress for the privilege to educate. But we do.”

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Legislative Update: Joint Finance Committee to take up education issues

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will meet next Thursday, May 23, to take up funding for K-12 education. GOP lawmakers have said they won’t support the $1.4 billion increase the governor is proposing, but they have promised an increase. They may also take up voucher schools, independently run charters and open enrollment.

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Legislative Update: Republicans strip Evers’ budget of key items

The Joint Finance Committee Thursday killed a plan for $1.4 billion in federal funding that would have helped fund schools, roads and healthcare. The party-line vote to deny full Medicaid expansion was followed by a vote on a huge package of recommended budget provisions that would have increased special education funding and teacher quality measures, plus require transparency and accountability for taxpayer-funded private schools. “Wisconsin educators and parents have turned out in droves to be clear about our No. 1 priority – our students,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “Our dedication is strong – we will continue to advocate in the best interest of our students for equitable funding for public schools.”

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