MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Governor Scott Walker signed 62 bills into law yesterday, including some of the most notable measures that just recently passed the Legislature.
One new law ends the long-time practice of letting families harbor relatives who commit major felony crimes, and throw off police investigators. The Republican Walker also approved a limited plan to make schools more accountable. Private schools that get tax money to teach low-income kids will provide performance data and be graded by the state, just like public schools. However, new penalties for failing schools did not get enough votes to pass.
The governor also gave schools more flexibility by ending the 180-day class time requirement, while keeping minimum hours for instruction. Schools can have fewer-but-longer days, saving money on things like busing.