Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Legislative
December 5, 2005
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Legislative Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Ruth Robarts at 5:44 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Board Members Juan José López, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang

Citizen Members Erica Laughlin and Tim Saterfield


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Lawrie Kobza, Johnny Winston, Jr., and Student Representative Jesse Ayala

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Barbara Lehman-Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Erica Laughlin and seconded by Tim Saterfield to approve the minutes of the Legislative Committee meeting dated October 17, 2005 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Assembly Bill 768 and Senate Bill 377 regarding Charter Schools

(Packets included a memorandum analyzing the charter school companion bills and the Action Plan for Affordable Health Care (11/29/05); a press release regarding The International Academy; excerpts from the 1/5/98 regular board minutes; the Wisconsin Association of School Boards' (WASB) proposed resolution regarding outcome based charter schools; the WASB policy for charter schools; a letter describing the position of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Senate Bills 416 and 768. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Joe Quick explained the genesis of the Madison group noting there is very little connection between UW Parkside and the school. He also talked about the UW-Milwaukee charter schools. No one has signed onto this bill from Dane County. If it passes the Senate, there is no guarantee that it would be this school. The Governor has indicated he would not sign it. No legislator is pushing it. If it passes, the UW-System will do what the legislature has outlined, but they are not advocating it.

Discussion: Role of the committee.

Jesse Ayala arrived at this time.

Discussion continued: Dane County Superintendents are meeting the coordinator, Melissa Wee, in January. Funding from general school aids. Being careful about not suggesting that the district is interested in doing this.

FOLLOW UP: Joe Quick was asked to contact the Chancellor's Office and ask if they have any interest in being able to charter any kind of charter school jointly with the schools or the independent approach and report back to the committee.

5. Senate Bill 416 regarding an Action Plan for Affordable Health Care

Joe Quick noted that the minority party does not want to wait for the federal government to do something. It is not a plan as much as it is a goal or idea. All democrats are on the bill, but it probably will not get a hearing.

Discussion: Goals are of the kind that districts are interested in supporting.

It was moved by Erica Laughlin and seconded by Juan Jos L pez to go on record stating that the Legislative Committee supports Senate Bill 416. Motion unanimously carried.

6. Other Business

There was no other business.

7. Adjournment

It was moved by Juan José López and seconded by Erica Laughlin to adjourn the meeting at 6:04 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.