State Superintendent Tony Evers spoke out Tuesday for more equitable state funding of public schools and better pay for teachers. Saying he is concerned about teacher shortages in some districts, he said: "I think it's about money. I think teachers are underpaid. And second of all, the kind of dysfunctional dialogue we have about public schools, where it always seems to turn to the teachers as the villains here. That's a national issue, but I think it's amplified here in Wisconsin." Evers spoke at the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit in Wauwatosa.
A new study co-authored by a University of Wisconsin Whitewater researcher finds that many students throughout the United States are capable of performing well beyond their grade level, leaving them unchallenged. “If schools base what they teach on ‘grade-level’ standards, then our work shows that truly massive numbers of Wisconsin kids — 30 percent to almost 50 percent of each grade level — are going under-challenged,” said University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Associate Professor of Educational Foundations Scott Peters, quoted in Lake Country Now, part of the USA Today network.
The potential of computer science to drive job growth and innovation calls for elementary and secondary schools to prepare all students with foundational knowledge in the subject. To meet this need, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is requesting public comment on whether the state should develop model academic standards that describe what students should know and be able to do in computer science.
WEAC members Ryan Sterry and Steven Jennings are featured this week in a Dunn County News article titled, "Local teachers sharpen tech ed skills." The two Menomonie High School technical education teachers are among 14 technical education teachers sharpening their skills and picking up project ideas at a week-long class at Chippewa Valley Technical College. “I’ve learned a number of projects that are going to help our Advanced Metals students," Sterry said.