‘Local activism around public education may just transform Wisconsin’s political culture’

The Progressive Magazine this summer took a close look at the history of Governor Walker’s attacks on public schools, educators and students. In an article that recounts the devastating impact of the Act 10 law that undermined collective bargaining, as well as deep cuts to state funding of public schools, author Jennifer C. Berkshire finds reason for optimism in a state known for its fighting spirit and strong support for public schools. “But there is another, more hopeful story to be told about Wisconsin, seven years after Walker officially kicked off his war on labor,” Berkshire writes. “It involves parents and teachers and local grassroots activists coming together to fight for the public schools in their communities.”

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Election Watch – July 12

All eight Democratic candidates for governor participated Thursday night in a televised debate. … Sunday marks another gubernatorial debate for Democratic candidates. The so-called Wisconsin’s Choice ‘Final Four’ Dem Guv Forum starts at 6 p.m. and features Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys and Kathleen Vinehout. … State Superintendent and Democratic governor hopeful Tony Evers is engaged in dueling billboards with Governor Walker.

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WEAC Election Watch – June 22

The top three things you should know this week, including that voters overwhelming support investments in public schools. Fifty-nine percent say they’d prefer more funding for public schools over 35 percent who say they would want property taxes lowered.

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Democrat Caleb Frostman wins Senate District 1 seat

WEAC-recommended candidate Caleb Frostman won election to Senate District 1 in a special election Tuesday. His victory attracted national attention because Frostman, a Democrat, won in a district that went for Donald Trump by more than 17 points two years ago and for Scott Walker by 23 points in 2014. The district has been held by Republicans for over 40 years.

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