Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Ninety-Sixth Regular Session
STATE OF WISCONSIN
Senate Journal
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
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petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
March 25, 2004
The Honorable, The Senate:
Pursuant to Senate Rule 20(2)(a) and (b) I have appointed Senator Harsdorf to the Joint Committee on Finance and removed Senator Roessler.
With regard to members of the minority party, appointments are made based on the nominations of that caucus.
Sincerely,
Senator Mary Panzer
Senate Majority Leader
State of Wisconsin
March 26, 2004
The Honorable, The Senate:
I am writing you to be removed as a cosponsor from a Senate bill. I would like to be removed from: Senate Bill 172 - requiring certain college students to be vaccinated against or be informed about meningococcal disease.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Rob Kreibich
State Representative
93rd Assembly District
State of Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction
March 30, 2004
The Honorable, The Legislature:
In accordance with s. 115.38 (3), Wis. Stats., the Department of Public Instruction submits this summary of the School Performance Report (SPR). The SPR provides a review of school and school district performance and can be found at the SPR website, http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/spr (click on "Search Data"). The data are also available through the Wisconsin Network for Successful Schools (WINSS) website http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/sig/index.html (click on "Data Analysis"). Information specific to students with disabilities is part of the Special Education Plan website at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsea/een/seplan.html (click on "Special Education Plan Reports").
Highlights of the School Performance Report show:
Wisconsin's 2003 graduation rate was 91.83 percent, up 1 percent from the previous year.
Of the state's 380 non-charter districts with high schools, 281 reported graduation rates of 95 percent or better. Eighty-nine districts reported graduation rates of 100 percent, and 50 had all of their students graduate two years in a row.
For the 2002-03 school year, 94 districts reported no dropouts. Six districts had a dropout rate that exceeded 4 percent, another eight districts had dropout rates between 3 percent and 3.9 percent, and 11 districts had dropout rates between 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent.
Attendance rates have held steady at 94 percent over the past five years. For the first time, truancy rates dipped slightly, and retention in grade declined for the second year. Both the days lost to suspension and expulsions and the number of pupils involved in this disciplinary action have fluctuated over five years.
The enclosed tables provide additional information about graduates and dropouts and other performance indicators. If you have any questions regarding this document, please contact Kay Ihlenfeldt, School Performance Report Team Leader, at (608) 266-3108.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth Burmaster
State Superintendent
State of Wisconsin
Department of Administration
Council on Small, Veteran and Minority Business Opportunities
March 25, 2004
The Honorable, The Senate:
On behalf of the members of the Council on Small, Veteran and Minority Business Opportunities, I bring you greetings.
The Council on Small, Veteran and Minority Business Opportunities is a statutory (15.107) advisory body to the Secretary of the Department of Administration on how to improve opportunities for small businesses interested in selling their products and services to the state and its agencies.
As required by Statutes (16.755) section 4, the Council is to submit an annual report to the Governor and to each clerk of the legislature. We hereby submit our annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2003.
We hope this report and our recommendations would assist the Administration in meeting its small business goals of ensuring opportunity and participation by all and the broader economic development objectives of the "Grow Wisconsin" initiative.
Sincerely,
Augistine Murray
Chair
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S749 The following Senate Bills failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
Senate Bills 2 , 5 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 16 , 19 , 20 , 21 , 22 , 23 , 26 , 27 , 28 , 30 , 31 , 32 , 33 , 34 , 35 , 36 , 37 , 39 , 42 , 43 , 45 , 47 , 48 , 50 , 51 , 52 , 54 , 55 , 57 , 58 , 59 , 62 , 65 , 67 , 68 , 69 , 70 , 72 , 73 , 74 , 76 , 78 , 79 , 80 , 81 , 82 , 83 , 84 , 86 , 88 , 89 , 90 , 91 , 92 , 93 , 94 , 95 , 96 , 98 , 99 , 101 , 102 , 106 , 107 , 110 , 112 , 114 , 118 , 123 , 124 , 125 , 126 , 127 , 129 , 130 , 132 , 153 , 154 , 156 , 157 , 158 , 159 , 160 , 161 , 162 , 163 , 164 , 165 , 166 , 169 , 171 , 172 , 174 , 175 , 177 , 178 , 179 , 180 , 181 , 182 , 183 , 184 , 185 , 186 , 187 , 189 , 190 , 191 , 192 , 193 , 195 , 198 , 199 , 201 , 202 , 208 , 209 , 210 , 212 , 213 , 215 , 216 , 217 , 219 , 220 , 221 , 222 , 224 , 226 , 228 , 229 , 231 , 232 , 233 , 236 , 238 , 239 , 240 , 241 , 242 , 244 , 245 , 246 , 248 , 251 , 254 , 256 , 257 , 258 , 259 , 260 , 262 , 263 , 264 , 265 , 266 , 267 , 268 , 269 , 270 , 273 , 274 , 275 , 276 , 278 , 280 , 281 , 282 , 283 , 285 , 286 , 288 , 289 , 290 , 292 , 293 , 295 , 296 , 299 , 301 , 302 , 303 , 304 , 307 , 308 , 309 , 310 , 311 , 313 , 314 , 315 , 316 , 317 , 318 , 319 , 321 , 325 , 327 , 328 , 329 , 330 , 331 , 332 , 333 , 334 , 335 , 337 , 338 , 339 , 341 , 342 , 343 , 345 , 346 , 347 , 348 , 349 , 352 , 353 , 354 , 355 , 356 , 363 , 364 , 366 , 367 , 368 , 370 , 371 , 373 , 376 , 377 , 378 , 379 , 382 , 383 , 385 , 386 , 387 , 388 , 389 , 390 , 392