The Week in Review
Task Force on Foster Care Unveils Foster Forward
Over the last several months, the
Task Force on Foster Care traveled to communities throughout the state
to learn more about issues affecting the foster care system and identify
ways to improve foster care in Wisconsin. At the hearings, the task force
invited parents, children and expert professionals that work on the front
lines on a daily basis. Through the hearings we listened, learned and
developed solutions that we believe will have a positive impact on children
This week, I’m proud to announce we unveiled the package of 13 legislative
Each bipartisan proposal was developed based on the recommendations we
received from parents, children and experts that testified at the hearings.
The bill I authored with Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Crowley and Sen. Johnson, will
improve communication between schools and child welfare services to ease the
process for children in out-of-home care.
The bill will address three areas: first, the bill would allow the school to
submit comments when a plan is being developed for a child recently placed
in foster care. The bill will also clarify the notification process to
schools when a child is placed in out-of-home-care. Lastly, the proposal
will require the immediate transfer of pupil records when a child in foster
care transfers to a new school.
This legislation along with the other proposals is a great step towards
improving foster care in Wisconsin!
Have a great weekend!
Gov. Walker Signs Bill Marking Grobschmidt Memorial Bridge
This week, Gov. Walker signed
Senate Bill 99 into law, legislation I authored that will mark the
Richard A. Grobschmidt Memorial Bridge along the Hank Aaron State Trail in
Lakeshore State Park.
Former Senator Rick Grobschmidt, was a lifelong resident of South Milwaukee.
He was revered by his colleagues for being a hard-worker, pushing for
initiatives that made life better for everyone in the district but was
humble and never sought headlines for the great things he did. He was
well-liked and respected by colleagues and his constituents.
Back in August, at the hearing on SB 99, I had the pleasure of learning more
about Rick and the great things he did for our community. Friends and family
from across the state came to Madison to testify on this bill sharing
heartwarming stories of Rick that showed not only that he was a good
legislator but also a great friend and family-man. This is a well-deserved
honor in remembrance of his dedication to public service.