Legislative Update – December 11

A GOP bill, SB634 would preempt local governments from enacting or enforcing ordinances related to various employment matters. … Another bill, AB 729 / SB 613, would create a school district revenue limit adjustment for workforce development improvements to support vocational or technical education. … Act 130 implements in state statutes provisions already included in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to prohibit aiding and abetting sexual abuse of children/students by school personnel.

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Ask Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)!

On September 30, 2017, funding expired for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program has been crucial in providing health care coverage for low-income children who are not covered through job-based coverage but also do not qualify for Medicaid. CHIP has been a tremendously successful bipartisan program since its enactment in 1997. To date, CHIP has reduced the number of uninsured children by nearly 68% to a record low and in collaboration with Medicaid helps to cover nearly 40% of all children in the U.S. Congress must act swiftly to reauthorize CHIP so that nearly 9 million children will not lose their health care coverage.

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Legislative Update – December 6

The leaders of the Wisconsin State Legislature on Wednesday announced creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding that does not include any classroom educators. “As educators, we are a steady voice for a solution to Wisconsin’s broken school funding system,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “It’s alarming that no classroom educators are included on the Commission because teachers and support staff know firsthand how the inadequate and inequitable funding impacts learning every day.”

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Email your Members of Congress and tell them to VOTE NO on the GOP leadership’s disastrous tax plan!

Over the weekend, the Senate approved along party lines a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations paid for by students and working families. In addition to adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit, the Senate voted to partially repeal the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 13 million Americans uninsured and result in drastic spikes in insurance premiums for millions more. The bill also expands an education tax loophole that would further benefit the wealthy and allow them to set aside money for private school expenses—essentially a voucher program for wealthy families. Contact your Members of Congress today and tell them to vote NO on this disastrous tax plan.

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Legislative Update – November 30

A bill addressing student violence in the classroom – using an approach that WEAC has called misguided – was formally introduced as Assembly Bill 693. In standing against the proposal by Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt, WEAC has said we would like to see principles for protecting all educators on the job, not short-sighted legislation. Also coming out against AB 693 are the School Administrators Alliance, Wisconsin Family Ties, and the Department of Public Instruction. Other topics this week include: funding for bilingual education, guns in schools, Montessori teacher license, and school board nomination signatures.

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