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Special Committee on School Safety

Chair: Sen. John Lehman
Vice-Chair:  Rep. Don Pridemore
Legislative Council Staff: Russ Whitesel and Melissa Schmidt
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The Special Committee is directed to review means by which school safety can be improved by examining the relationship between maintaining a safe and secure physical environment and fostering a safe and secure learning environment.  The committee is directed to focus on best practices relating to school discipline, including suspension and expulsion, programs for disciplined students, creation and implementation of bullying prevention and other school conduct enforcement measures, and interagency coordination with mental health, law enforcement, and other relevant agencies.  The committee may also review means by which information can be disseminated and assistance can be provided.

Report to the Legislature
  • Report to the Legislature, Special Committee on School Safety (April 13, 2009)
  • 2009 Senate Bill 154
  • 2009 Senate Bill 155
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (March 26, 2009)
  • Results letter (dated March 30, 2009).
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature, No. 2009-03, Legislation on Safety.
  • LRB-1741/P3, relating to school safety plans, pupil records, and bullying.
  • LRB-1740/2, relating to adjusting a school district's revenue limit for certain school safety expenditures.
December 10, 2008 Meeting
  • WLC: 0344/1, relating to pupil records.
  • WLC: 0348/1, relating to school safety plans.
  • LRB-0554/P1, relating to school policies on bullying.
  • WLC: 0345/1, relating to revenue limits.
  • Memorandum, from Sheri Krause, Government Relations Specialist, Wisconsin Association of School Boards (December 9, 2008).
  • WLC: 0345/2, relating to revenue limits (distributed at the meeting on December 10, 2008).
November 12, 2008 Meeting
  • Memo No. 3, Information Sharing (November 5, 2008):
    • Enclosure 1, memorandum from Kevin St. John, Special Assistant Attorney General for Public Affairs and Policy, Department of Justice (October 24, 2008).
    • Enclosure 2, Section 118.125, Stats.
    • Enclosure 3, memorandum from Sheri Krause, Government Relations Specialist, Wisconsin Board of School Boards (October 28, 2008).
  • Memo No. 4, School Safety Plans Options (November 5, 2008):
    • Enclosure, Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management.
  • Memo No. 5, Department of Public Instruction School Safety Grant Options (November 5, 2008):
    • Enclosure, excerpt from DPI's budget proposal describing proposed safety grant.
  • Memo No. 6, Provisions Relating to School Revenue Limits (November 5, 2008):
    • Enclosure 1, Comparative Summary of Budget Recommendations, 2007 Act 20, Volume II, March 20, 2008.
    • Enclosure 2, DPI 2009-11 Biennial Budget Request, School Safety Grants.

  • LRB-0554/P1, relating to school policies on bullying.
  • Handout, Uniting Schools and Communities to Strengthen Future Generations for Emergencies and Disasters, submitted by Mary Jean Erschen, Executive Director, Center for School, Youth & Citizen Preparedness.
  • Testimony, by Mary Jean Erschen, Executive Director, Center for School, Youth & Citizen Preparedness.
October 7, 2008 Meeting
  • Memo No. 2, Legislation Relating to School Policies on Bullying (September 24, 2008):
    • Enclosure, 2007 Senate Bill 42, relating to school policies on bullying.
    • Enclosure, Senate Substitute Amendment 1, to 2007 Senate Bill 42.
  • Pamphlet, My child has been expelled.  Now what?, prepared by the Student Services Prevention and Wellness Team.
  • Report, Bullying Prevention Policy Guidelines (March 2007), prepared by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Report, Offering Educational Opportunities to Expelled Students in Wisconsin, prepared by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Handouts, Freddi Adelson, Madison Metropolitan School District.
  • Handouts from Claire Smith, Department of Health Services:
    • DPI 2009-11 Biennial Budget Request, Revenue Limit - Flexibility.
    • DPI 2009-11 Biennial Budget Request, School Safety Grants.
  • Testimony by Senator Neal Kedzie on 2007 Senate Bill 42.
  • Presentation by Patricia A. Robinson, Dean - Criminal Justice, Fox Valley Technical College.
  • Handout from Patricia A. Robinson, Dean - Criminal Justice, Fox Valley Technical College.
  • Selected Statutes Relating to pupil records, prepared by Legislative Council staff.
September 9, 2008 Meeting
  • Report, Safe Schools, Legal Resources Manual, issued by the Department of Justice, J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General (October 2007).
  • Memo No. 1, School Safety Plans (August 25, 2008).
  • Testimony, Making Schools Safer by Facilitating Information Sharing, presented by Attorney General J.B.  Van Hollen.
  • Pamphlet, 2007 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Executive Summary, submitted by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Handout, Profiles of Recently Opened Statewide School Safety Centers, submitted by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Testimony from the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Presentation by Barbara Dorff, Director of Student Services, Green Bay Area Public School District.
    • Brochure, Fall 2008 School Crisis Preparedness Conference.
  • Materials submitted by Deb Parman, Beaver Dam School District:
July 22, 2008 Meeting
  • Report, School Safety:  Lessons Learned, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota, Winter, 2006.
  • Testimony, Tony Evers, Deputy, State Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction:
    • Information on Select State-wide School Safety Centers
    • Funding Levels for the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, Between 2001 and 2009, Under the No Child Left Behind Federal Education Act
    • Data on Bullying and Harassment as Reported by Wisconsin High School Students for the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
    • Trend Data on Weapon Carrying and Fighting, as Reported by Wisconsin High School Students Between 1993 and 2007, for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Testimony, John Ashley, Wisconsin Association of School Boards:
    • Handout, Information from Local School Districts
    • Handout, Safety stories from Shorewood School District
  • Testimony, John Forester, School Administrators Alliance.
  • Testimony, Glenn Schmidt, Wisconsin Education Association Council:
    • Handout, The Effects of Revenue Controls on the Programs and Services Offered by Wisconsin's Public Schools, 2006-07 School Year
  • Handout, School District of La Crosse - Fact Sheet, distributed by Christine Clair, La Crosse School Board Member.
  • Spreadsheet, Potential Capital Improvement Projects, November 2008, Including Franklin and Roosevelt Schools, distributed by Christine Clair, La Crosse School Board Member.