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JFC to begin budget votes this week

by | May 3, 2021 | Legislative Update Blog, State Budget | 0 comments

This week, the Legislature’s powerful, budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will begin taking votes on the governor’s proposed budget, a first step toward preparing its own version of the 2021-2023 state budget. That process will likely continue for at least the next 5 weeks, and possibly longer.

The first item before the committee on Thursday at 11:00 am is a motion to remove nearly 400 policy items that the Governor included in his budget proposal from further consideration by the committee. The motion removes the following K-12 related items:

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION  (Item and page numbers refer to the items in the LFB budget summary of the Governor’s recommendations)

General School Aids and Revenue Limits
• Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Membership (Page 463, #9)

Categorical Aid
• Driver Education Aid (Page 473, #20)

Choice, Charter and Open Enrollment
• Private School Choice Programs and Special Needs Scholarship Program- Cap
Participation at 2021-2022 Levels (Page 479, #3)
• Private School Choice and Special Needs Scholarship Programs — Teacher Licensure
Requirement (Page 480, #4)
• Private School Choice and Special Needs Scholarship Programs — Information Required on
Property Tax Bill (Page 481, #5)
• Racine and Statewide Choice Programs- Prior Year Attendance Requirement (Page 482,
#6)
• Milwaukee Private School Choice Program- Eliminate City Choice Levy Aid (Page 482,
#7)
• Special Needs Scholarship Program- Delete Actual Cost Reimbursement Provision (Page
483, #9)
• Special Needs Scholarship Program — Private School Requirements (Page 484, #10)
• Special Education Scholarship Program — Religious Activity Opt-Out (Page 484, #11)
• Choice, Charter, and Open Enrollment Payment Indexing Mechanism (Page 486, #13)
• Eliminate Office of Educational Opportunity (Page 487, #14)
• Independent Charter Schools- Driver Education Program Fees (Page 488, #16)
• Charter School Authorizer Report (Page 488, #17)
• Open Enrollment Aid Transfer Amount- Special Education (Page 489, #18)
• Early College Credit Program—Payment to Private Schools (Page 489, #19)
• Early College Credit Program—Independent Charter School Pupils (Page 489, #20)
• Opportunity Schools and Partnerships Program (Page 490, #21)

School Operations and Curriculum
• Prohibit Vaping on School Property (Page 492, # 1)
• Delete MPS Truancy Center and Law Enforcement Officer Requirements (Page 492, #2)
• American Indian Studies Required in Curriculum — School Districts (Page 492, #3)
• American Indian Studies Required in Curriculum — Choice and Charter Schools (Page 493,
#4)
• Health Problems Education Programs (Page 493, #5
Administrative and Other Funding
• Equity Officer Position (Page 496, #12)
• Report on Homeless Pupils (Page 498, #18)
• Climate Change in Model Academic Standards (Page 498, #19)
• American Indian Instruction — Teaching License (Page 499, #20)

EMPLOYEE TRUST FUNDS
• Study of School Health Insurance (Page 174, #11)
• Domestic Partnership Benefits (Page 175, #12)
• Rehired Annuitant Teachers (Page 176, #13)

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS COMMISSION 
• Collective Bargaining Modifications (Page 177, #3)
• Local Government Employee Grievance Procedure Modifications (Page 181, #4)

INSURANCE
Health Insurance
• Actuarial Study of Optional Public Health Insurance Plan (Page 347, #2)
• School District Group Health Insurance Task Force (Page 362, #9)

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