Legislative Update – October 13

The Senate Elections and Utilities Committee held a public hearing on SB-260, which would change the signature requirement for nomination of candidates to school board in school districts that contain territory lying within a second class city.

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Review exposes faults in Walton family study calling for more private charters

A new analysis strikes down a Walton Family Foundation report that supports expanded public funding of private charter schools. The National Education Policy Center says the Walton study is flawed and based on biased data. In fact, privately run charter schools in most cases fall behind public schools when it comes to student performance despite the fact that public schools are open to students of all backgrounds.

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Proposed law would increase teacher awareness, authority regarding student misconduct

Proposed legislation to increase teacher awareness and authority to deal with student misconduct could create additional rights for educators, including the authority to remove students from our classroom for two days, use reasonable force to defend ourselves and other students, receive information about a pupil taken into custody for a violent crime, and request a suspension hearing.

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Bill would weaken grievance process for teachers

A bill that is being circulated in the Legislature threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. WEAC has issued an action alert to the bill’s authors raising our concerns. Tell the legislators sponsoring the proposal that Wisconsin teachers deserve fairness!

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Legislative Update – October 5

A bill that is being circulated threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. … A bill is being drafted that aims to give teachers information about violent crimes committed by students. … A full state budget summary is now available. … The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council has finalized the Agreed-Upon Bill for the 2017-18 Legislative Session. … A bill prescribing the way school districts conduct competitive bidding is moving ahead in the Senate.

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Expansion of unproven, unaccountable private school vouchers harms public schools and raises taxes, analysis finds

School voucher programs – including the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) – divert much-needed funding away from public schools when they are expanded, according to a new policy memo by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) with funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. In response to the report, WEAC President Ron Martin said, “If policymakers are really interested in improving education, they should invest in the public schools that serve all students.”

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