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Last week, the State Senate was in session. During that time,
one of the bills that I support was passed in the Senate:
Senate Bill 67 – Pupil Assessments and School Accountability
Current law requires school boards and governing bodies of
charter schools to evaluate teachers and principals beginning in
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), stakeholders, and
legislators have expressed concerns that statewide assessments,
the system for using test results and pupil performance data is
not fully developed and should not be used to evaluate
performance until it is ready.
SB 67, as amended, creates a "report card holiday." District and
school report cards would not be published in 2014-2015. This
bill delays the requirement to use statewide assessment for
principal and teacher evaluations until the 2015-2016 school
year. This delay will allow DPI and the legislature to complete
their work on school report cards and assessments. SB 67 does
not prohibit school boards and governing bodies from evaluating
teachers and principals using other means.
Despite the holiday, schools will still be required to take
state assessments and report student performance. Federal laws
require Wisconsin to assess and report results in order to
receive nearly $600 million in federal education funding. We do
not want to lose these funds.
This bill passed the Senate unanimously.
In the District
Congratulations, Christian Lepinske!
Last Sunday, Representative Todd Novak and I had the privilege
of presenting Christian Lepinske, from Dodgeville, with a
citation from the Senate for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Christian earned the required 21 merit badges, plus an
additional 22 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of
For his Eagle Scout project, Christian chose to rebuild a
10-step staircase and the adjacent pathway that was weathered
and closed off to the public for quite some time, at Governor
Dodge State Park in Dodgeville.
Congratulations on your accomplishment, Christian!
Representative Todd Novak, Christian Lepinske,
Eagle Scout, and Senator Howard Marklein
Revenue Numbers: February 2015
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) recently released a
report detailing the general purpose revenue (GPR) taxes
collected by the agency for the month of February. Year to date
collections are for the first eight months of the fiscal year,
which ends June 30, 2015.
Department of Revenue Collections, February FY2015
Collections to Date
*Source: Wisconsin Department of Revenue, March
Get the Facts on Organ Donation
More than 116,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ
transplant. Hundreds are waiting for a cornea transplant to
restore their sight, and thousands more wait for the chance to
live without pain through a bone or soft tissue transplant.
In 2011, 28,537 organ transplants were done nationally, with 703
in the state of Wisconsin. Each year, life-saving and
life-improving tissue is provided by approximately 30,000 tissue
donors. In 2011, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for
transplant by eye banks within the United States. There are more
than 2,000 people in Wisconsin who are on the waiting list for
an organ transplant; almost 1,700 wait for a kidney.
According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ
donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation. To learn more
facts about organ donation, or to register as a donor, go to:
Wisconsin Donor Registry
The Wisconsin Donor Registry opened on March 29, 2010. You can
YesIWillWisconsin.com or at the Department of
Transportation/Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you renew
your license or ID, but because Wisconsin has an eight-year
renewal process, registering online today ensures your wishes
will be honored.
Anyone older than the age of 15 ½ who holds a Wisconsin driver’s
license or state identification card can register. Adding your
name to the registry means that you have authorized the gift of
your organs, tissues and eyes upon your death for the purposes
of transplantation, research and education. Registering is legal
consent for donation and cannot be changed by anyone else with
the exception of persons less than 18 years of age (legal next
of kin may alter donation status for minors; making it important
that family understands your decision). The Registry ensures
your decision to be a donor is honored. Adding your name to the
Registry makes a legal record of anatomical gift and authorizes
donation. I am registered as an organ donor. I encourage you to
consider this option.
For more information, visit
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