Nelson Says District Working On Handbooks
School boards across Wisconsin are coming out with employee handbooks to replace union contracts after the elimination of most collective bargaining powers for teachers. Some major trends include elimination of seniority protection and just cause for teacher non renewal. So what's in the Lacrosse School District handbooks? Too early to tell says Superintendent, Randy Nelson. But he and the school board are all ears.
The finished product eliminates layoff protections based on seniority and a provision that the district provide just cause for not renewing a teacher's contract. Nelson says those changes give the district flexibility in personnel matters. They should be completed by the end of June.
All Eyes On Wisconsin.....Again!!!
Are all eyes are on the State of Wisconsin, again? It all started with Governor Scott Walker scrapping collective bargaining rights, which set off large scale demonstrations statewide. Then summer recalls of state senators opened the state back up to the country. Now...if Governor Scott Walker is recalled......history would be made for the 3rd time......only 2 governor's have ever been recalled. We asked UW-Lacrosse Political Professor, Joe Heim, if all eyes are watching again.
And Heim says with the state being opened up like this...it may make some that wanted to move here or start a business here think twice. Heim says the state cannot afford that to happen.
Kind Among Congressmen Disappointed
La Crosse's congressman among those disappointed about the failure of his peers this week.
Democrat Ron Kind says his fellow lawmakers missed an opportunity to take bites out of the nation's debt by not reaching an agreement in the deficit super committee. He says congress should still try to make bold cuts in spending. Especially in big dollar areas like defense
But Kind also points to excessive federal medical reimbursements as an area that requires cutting. But, he says, big money debt cuts also don't come without more taxes.
Vinehout Pushes New Notification Bill
Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says she just learned that currently only a ten day notice is required by Medicaid for families to be dropped off the program. She says that is not enough time to find alternative health insurance. She hopes a new bill she is pushing through will give those families at least a 60 day notice first.
The bill responds to citizens concerned about deep cuts
Sign Committee Has Information to Move Forward
So far, a La Crosse city council committee working on new electronic sign regulations has been in the information gathering phase. Council member Bob Seaquist is on that committee. Says he's heard plenty about how distracting and dangerous electronic billboards can be for drivers
La Crosse has a year-long moratorium on electronic signs while the committee works on the rules. Onalaska and the county are also developing sign regulations.