Spotlight on Locals: Eau Claire Association of Educators

Eau Claire Association of Educators members trust their leaders and are willing to work with them to get things done. That is why, ECAE leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, the ECAE is a growing association that has had significant successes in recent years. “Our continued success in membership growth has made us stronger,” ECAE Building Representative Brian Wiltgen told Peggy for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “And we aren’t stopping now.”

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Washington Post says Walker’s assault on public education ‘could be coming back to bite him’

In an analysis of the Wisconsin governor’s race, the Washington Post says state residents are not buying Scott Walker’s ironic claim that he is the ‘education governor,’ and instead recognize that he has severely cut public school budgets and worked to undermine respect for educators. “Though the election is still a few weeks away and anything can happen, (Democrat Tony) Evers has been leading in recent polls, and Walker’s efforts to recast himself as the ‘education governor’ don’t appear to have convinced his critics. His education ‘reform’ agenda could be coming back to bite him at a time when interest in supporting public education in Wisconsin seems to be growing among many residents at the local level,” the article states.

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NEA Today: Why We Are Red for Ed

The team at NEA Today took a look at how moments in several states across the country turned into a national movement we call #RedForEd, and how that movement will propel us to the ballot box and beyond.

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NBC/Marist poll shows Evers leading Walker by 10 points

A new poll released Thursday by NBC/Marist shows Democratic candidate Tony Evers leading incumbent Governor Scott Walker by 10 points, just four weeks ahead of the November 6 election. The results vary sharply from a poll released earlier in the week by Marquette University Law School. That poll had the governor’s race in a statistical tie, although a Marquette poll two weeks earlier showed Evers leading Walker by 7 points.

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Evers, Walker statistically tied in latest Marquette University Law School poll

With just four weeks to go until the November 6 election, the latest Marquette University Law School poll has incumbent Governor Scott Walker with 47 percent support among likely voters, compared to 46 percent for Democrat Tony Evers and 5 percent for Libertarian Phil Anderson. The results amount to a statistical tie. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tammy Baldwin leads Republican Leah Vukmir, 53 percent to 43 percent.

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Election excitement, activism is high among educators in Wisconsin and throughout the nation

Wisconsin, Maine, and Minnesota are part of a movement following the educator-driven #RedForEd effort that has created a surge in political activism in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and North Dakota, according to an article on EducationVotes.org. The article quotes WEAC President Ron Martin, who observes that educators are getting out the vote “with an unprecedented level of engagement.” … “It’s an excitement that is new and different, even surpassing our activism in recent governor and recall elections,” Martin says.

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Voters will decide 82 school referendum questions on November 6

Voters throughout the state will decide 82 school referendum questions in 61 school districts on November 6. The referendums seek a total of $1.4 billion in school improvements, including 11 to build new schools, 24 for safety and security improvements, 40 for site and building improvements, 28 for maintaining facilities and 12 for maintaining current educational program levels, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum report.

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