Three dozen WEAC members honored as Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellows

Three dozen WEAC members have been selected as 2019 Teacher Fellows by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Each honoree and their school receives an award of $6,000. Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipients are 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.

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Spotlight on Locals: Port Washington-Saukville Education Association

Deb Anderson, past president of the Port Washington-Saukville Education Association, says the association has worked hard to make sure it remains strong. “We still have a voice, and we have worked hard for that by building relationships with district leadership, the school board, parents, and the community,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Governor Evers supports public schools, educators in his first State Budget Address

Governor Tony Evers Thursday night unveiled a state budget increasing state funding of public K-12 schools by $1.4 billion over the next two years, requiring that teachers receive preparation time as part of their workday, and achieving two-thirds state funding of education without raising property taxes. 

In addition, he made the case for higher educator pay, saying, “Wisconsin pays our public school teachers less than the national average… We need to do our part to make sure our educators know that the work they do is valued and to use these funding increases to do everything they can to keep our talented educators here in Wisconsin.”

“Governor Evers listened to the people and is making public schools a priority,” said Ron Martin, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. “Through this budget, he reveals the heart of an educator – embracing opportunity for all students, protecting the most vulnerable among us, and respecting the noble profession of teaching.”

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Evers to propose freezing voucher and charter school enrollments

Governor Tony Evers is expected to include in his state budget plan this week proposals to freeze the number of students attending private voucher and charter schools, place tougher teacher certification standards on private schools accepting students with special needs, and abolish the law that allows Milwaukee Public Schools to be taken over by private entities.

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Monroe’s Sarah Compton granted Milken Educator Award in surprise ceremony

Monroe teacher Sarah Compton – a member of WEAC Region 6 – was awarded a Milken Educator Award Friday in a surprise ceremony during a school assembly at Northside Elementary School. Compton was recognized for challenging her fifth-graders “to think critically and dive deep into their learning.” In particular, the award honored her for her work on a series of project-based lessons on financial literacy in which students explore concepts of spending, saving, sales tax, discounts and interest. “There are amazing things happening in Wisconsin Public Schools, and that’s a direct result of the inspiring educators who work in them,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “WEAC is proud to support educators like Sarah so they can go above and beyond for their students.”

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Wisconsin Teacher of the Year joins other top educators at ‘Teach-In for Freedom’ in El Paso

Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year – and WEAC Region 7 member – Sarahí Monterrey joined dozens of other state teachers of the year and hundreds of NEA members last weekend for the “Teach-In for Freedom,” an all-day event organized by Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD) to protest the inhumane detention of children at the Mexican border and the criminalization of immigrant families. “The Teach-In in El Paso was a powerful experience because teachers were united to be a voice for the over 10,000 children who are in detention centers across our country,” Monterrey told weac.org. “This was not a protest but rather an opportunity to educate the public about immigration policies and the effects of these policies on children.”

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Watertown School District recognizes “Discipline with Dignity’ work by WEAC members Pam and Tim Suski

The Watertown School District is recognizing WEAC members Pam and Tim Suski for their work with the “Discipline with Dignity” program that has demonstrated success through compassion and high expectations. “We want to provide positive support and high expectations for both academics and behavior,” the Suskis say. “Through this program we show that we believe in them and expect excellent behavior — because they are capable of it.”

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Angela Hayes is latest WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed winner!

Congratulations to Shorewood teacher Angela Hayes, the latest winner of our WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event. Angela will get VIP treatment at the February 18 UW Badger basketball game against Illinois at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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