Vouchers are far worse for student achievement than previously thought, analysis concludes

A new analysis by the Center for American Progress concludes that private school vouchers are more harmful to student achievement than previously thought and that students attending private voucher schools miss out on approximately one-third of a year of classroom learning. “This analysis builds on a large body of voucher program evaluations in Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., all of which show that students attending participating private schools perform significantly worse than their peers in public schools—especially in math,” according to the summary titled The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers.

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Appleton educator Katie Chicquette Adams honored as one of Fox Cities Future 15

Katie Chicquette Adams, a high school at-risk educator in the Appleton Area School District and a member of WEAC Region 3, has been named one the Fox Cities Future 15. The Future 15 were selected by the Pulse Young Professionals Network, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership in collaboration with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin based on their professional dedication, strong sense of vision for the future of the Fox Cities and personal commitment to philanthropy in the community they call home.

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Public education supporters urge NO vote on elimination of State Treasurer

Supporters of public education are encouraging Wisconsin residents to VOTE NO on eliminating the State Treasurer’s Office in the April 3 election. Among other duties, the State Treasurer helps oversee School Trust Funds, which, among other things, provide significant funding for school libraries and technology. Elimination of the State Treasurer would concentrate more power in the governor’s office.

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36 WEAC members named Kohl Teacher Fellows for 2018

At least 36 WEAC members have been named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Teacher Fellows, educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Each winner and their school receives an award of $6,000.

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WEAC President Martin asks legislators to focus on more school resources, fewer guns

In testimony submitted Tuesday to the Assembly Education Committee, WEAC President Ron Martin said the solution to school violence is not more guns but proper resources to address issues that include student mental health, school safety improvements, staff training and common sense gun laws. “While the package of bills under consideration appropriates funding for more armed guards, more equipment, more reporting requirements, it is imperative the committee recognizes what is missing,” Martin said. “The package of bills under consideration by the committee contains not one of the recommendations for safe schools forwarded by those of us who work in and with them.”

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Tell your elected leaders to co-sponsor Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions

As many students nationwide participated in a National School Walkout against gun violence, educators throughout Wisconsin wore orange Wednesday to demonstrate their support for common sense gun legislation. This is a good time to tell your legislators to co-sponsor the Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions legislation, which includes the principles for safe schools forwarded by the state Department of Public Instruction in partnership with WEAC.

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Legislative Update – March 12 – Governor signs bill increasing sparsity aid

Assembly Bill 835 – which increases the sparsity aid per student – was signed into law Monday by Governor Walker. Beginning in 2019, the bill increases the sparsity aid per pupil amount from $300 to $400. Under the bill, the appropriation for sparsity aid would be increased by $6.5 million in 2019. Sparsity aid was vetoed by the governor in the 2017-19 state budget, but he has said he supports the provisions now.

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Agreement ends West Virginia strike, gives teachers 5% raise

“They have stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity because they know attracting and retaining the most caring and competent educators for West Virginia students is essential to their state’s success,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

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Legislative Update – February 26

The Assembly and Senate, and committees, continued acting on a large number of bills last week, as they hustle toward recess. Topics include the Thiesfeldt bill on teacher rights, guns in schools, usurping local control, dual enrollment, sparsity aid, nutrition education, higher education scholarships, rural teacher grants, vouchers, and more.

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