3/10 Governor Walker to Visit Badger Middle School Friday

State history will happen Friday when Governor Scott Walker signs a bill into law at Badger Middle School in West Bend. The law will have an impact on middle schoolers statewide as it will allow seventh- and eighth graders to receive credit for high school courses.West Bend School District Superintendent Ted Neitzke told WBKV News on  Friday that Governor  Walker will visit Badger, where he will sign the bill that the West Bend School District lobbied for. Last fall, with the approval of the School Board, Neitzke approached Represntative Pat Strachota and Sen. Glenn Grothman about drafting the bill which they eventually  co-sponsored.The bill, labeled AB 370 in the Assembly and SB 284 in the Senate, garnered support and carries the names of more than 15 state representatives and five state senators. The idea to change state law started last summer when the West Bend School Board set its goals for the year, which included the strategy of designing more options for student learning, such as allowing seventh- and eighth-graders to take high school courses for credit. Strachota noted that “many middle school students today are excelling and taking high school courses while still in middle school, even though they cannot currently get credit for these courses. Allowing them to earn credits for these courses will mean more flexibility to continue taking rigorous coursework in high school. The law will apply to courses completed by a student in grades seven or eight during the 2014-15 school year.  Neitzke said the governor is expected to arrive at the school early Friday morning and may address the students as he signs the bill into law in a short ceremony that is not open to the public. WBKV will provide coverage of this historic event.
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