Legislative Update – September 20 – Committee backs bill to repeal gun-free school zones

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety has approved SB 169, a bill to repeal Wisconsin’s “gun-free school zones” statute. The bill was met with heated debate at a public hearing in May and many news outlets have editorialized against it. The bill would allow people to carry concealed guns without getting training or state permits and in some cases bring them onto school grounds.

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Evansville’s Beth Oswald selected to serve on Teacher Advisory Council of national non-profit group

Evansville teacher – and WEAC Region 6 member – Beth Oswald has been selected by national nonprofit organization Hope Street Group as one of only 15 educators nationwide to join its first Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) through the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. “This honor is a reflection of the outstanding education community in Evansville, Wisconsin, as well as the support provided through my continued membership in WEAC and the NEA,” she said.

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State budget sent to governor is a mixed bag; WEAC advocates for several vetoes

With the governor likely to act soon on a state budget that includes a funding increase at long last for public schools, WEAC members are pleased elected officials have responded to the public’s call to increase funding for public schools. And while educators are welcoming the positive aspects of the budget document, they are also advocating for several vetoes on provisions that do not serve students well.

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Legislative Update – September 18 – Senate passes budget, sends to governor

The State Senate passed a $76 billion state budget over the weekend, clearing the way for the governor to act – likely this week. The governor has said he will veto some measures, so this is your chance to send a letter asking him to veto bad budget provisions like restrictions on local control of school boards in referendums and the break-apart of the Racine Unified School District.

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NEA applauds eight WEAC members as young leaders making a big difference

Eight WEAC members are mentioned in a new NEA article citing a new generation of educators who are already making a big difference both in and outside the classroom. Three of the young educator-leaders are included in the NEA’s list of ’30 Under 30′. They are Josh Jackson, Milwaukee; Jesse Martinez, La Crosse; and Emily Sibilski, Altoona. Five other young Wisconsin educators are also mentioned because, well, they just couldn’t be left out.

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Martin says Walker is ‘out of touch’ after governor objects to coalition’s education accountability plan

Governor Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan drafted by a broad-ranging coalition of education stakeholders and with tremendous input from teachers and education support professionals. “The governor is out of touch with the people of the state,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher who served on Wisconsin’s Equity Council comprised of state residents, parents, educators and public school leaders. The group met for 18 months to create a state education plan that crosses ideological lines and does what’s best for students.

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Sheboygan’s Matthew Miller to represent Wisconsin in National Teacher of the Year program

Inspired by a grandfather who worked on civil rights and progressive issues, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, pushes himself to make a difference in the lives of his students. Named Wisconsin’s 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year last spring, he will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program. Matthew is a member of WEAC Region 3.

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Teachers make far less than other similarly educated professionals, report finds

Teachers in the United States make less than 60 cents on every dollar made by other professionals with comparable education levels, according to new data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. In addition, U.S. teachers work longer hours, at every grade level, than teachers in other countries, according to the OECD’s annual “Education at a Glance” report.

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