ICYMI, the WI state Senate held its last floor session at the Capitol Tuesday and voted to approve pro-parent legislation that will upset many school administrators.
Assembly Bill 995 (AB 995) states:
No school board or school district employee may require a pupil to wear a face covering while in school buildings or on school grounds if the pupil’s parent notifies the school board or employee that the parent elects to opt out of the requirement on behalf of the pupil. The school board or employee may not require the parent to provide a reason for the parent’s election or to provide any evidence regarding any fact related to the pupil’s health or education status. A pupil may not, as a result of such an election, be disciplined or otherwise treated differently from a pupil whose parent has not made such an election.
In each school year, offer a full-time, in-person option to all pupils enrolled in the school district. In this paragraph, “full-time, in-person option” means an option under which a pupil receives instruction from a school district employee who is physically present in the same school building as the pupil and in real time for at least the number of hours of direct pupil instruction required under s. 121.02 (1) (f). In this paragraph, “full-time, in-person option” does not include the act of proctoring remote online learning in a classroom.
The state Senate passed the bill 19-11.
On February 22 the state Assembly gave approval. The vote was 60-32.
As you may have guessed legislative Republicans in both houses opted to support parents and their children. Legislative Democrats sided with school leaders and unions.
Gov. Evers, a pawn for the school intelligentsia crowd will most likely veto the bill. Just another nail in his re-election campaign coffin.
State Senate President Dale Kooyenga released this statement.