Verona educators protect art, music, phy ed time

The Verona Area Education Association is marking an important victory for students this week, as members organized against changes in the middle school schedule that would have reduced time devoted to music, art, physical education and other critical learning opportunities. Members united, speaking against the plan and showing up as a unified group to make their point. The school board decided not to pursue the change. This is the power of standing together.

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Legislative Update – December 13, 2019

The Assembly Education Committee will have a public next Thursday on bills that include revenue limits for school districts, an online early learning pilot program, school district revenue limit adjustments for energy efficient projects and the seclusion and restraint of pupils.

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Spotlight on Locals: Milwaukee Educational Assistants Association

After having great success with organizing campaigns and educating the administration and community about the value of what they do, the Milwaukee Educational Assistants Association was able to re-instate salary schedules for all its support staff. “This was a huge victory for our members,” MEAA President Crystal Ealy tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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NEA interviews presidential candidates

The National Education Association moved to the next phase in its presidential primary recommendation process, as it released the first five presidential candidate interviews. These interviews enable NEA members and the public to learn more about the candidates’ stances on critical issues that the next president must address to strengthen public schools across the United States.

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Legislative Update – November 22

Governor Tony Evers this week signed a bill (AB 51/SB 55) to expand the minority teacher loan program statewide. The program offers loan forgiveness for minority teachers who teach in schools that have at least 40 percent minority students. The expansion will make the program available in about 25 school districts or at tribal schools in high-demand fields such as special education, math or bilingual teaching. Before this change, only teachers in Milwaukee schools were eligible for the program. 

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