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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Survey finds strong support for laws to help Wisconsinites refinance student loans

Results of a new poll commissioned by One Wisconsin Institute finds broad support for reforms to help student loan borrowers. Nearly two-thirds of respondents favor allowing student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage. Since 2013, Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly blocked legislation to help borrowers refinance their student loans.

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Four WEAC members are finalists for Presidential Teaching Awards

Four WEAC members have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mathematics and science teachers. They are: Kristin Michalski, East Troy High School; Kevin Reese, Clintonville High School; Rick Erickson, Bayfield High School; and Danielle Carlson, Fennimore Middle and High School.

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NEA President says Trump ‘creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable’

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on Friday said the country is facing “a reckless, irresponsible administration that creates chaos and confusion.” Speaking to the National Press Club, she said President Trump “creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable.” Educators, she said, at times have to “comfort crying children because they are afraid of their president.”

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