Judge Rebecca Dallet wins Supreme Court race

Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet – recommended by the WEAC Board – won a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday. WEAC had cited Dallet’s 10 years of judicial experience, support for the role of unions in the workplace, and support for public education as a core value. Dallet will be seated in August. Voters also decided to keep the State Treasurer’s Office, a position supported by public education advocates. And they approved the five largest school referendums in the state.

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Legislative Update – April 2, 2018

One-time funding for safety-related equipment and expenses signed into law at the end of March is now available to schools. WEAC and other education advocacy groups have partnered to advance recommendations to the DOJ for project funding that fits within solutions identified during a massive summit on school safety in 2015. Many of those solutions, which represent proven and sustainable methods to prevent violence in schools, have not been fully realized because of severe cuts to school funding over the past few years.

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Under court order, Walker schedules special elections to fill vacant legislative seats

After losing three court rulings, including one by the State Appeals Court, Governor Walker on Thursday reluctantly called special elections to fill two vacant legislative seats, and Republican legislative leaders dropped their efforts to circumvent current law in an attempt to delay the elections to November. As a result of the Wednesday and Thursday developments, general elections will be June 12 to fill seats that were vacated in late December when Walker appointed Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, and Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, to administrative positions.

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Assembly passes school safety package and sends it to the governor for his signature

The State Assembly on Thursday passed a package of school safety measures and sent it to Governor Walker for his signature. The measures would establish a new Office of School Safety at the state Department of Justice and give it $100 million to provide one-time grants to school districts for security measures. The bill also requires public and private schools to conduct annual school violence drills and requires reporting of school violence threats by teachers, school administrators, counselors, other school employees, physicians, and other medical and mental health professionals.

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Public education supporters urge NO vote on elimination of State Treasurer

Supporters of public education are encouraging Wisconsin residents to VOTE NO on eliminating the State Treasurer’s Office in the April 3 election. Among other duties, the State Treasurer helps oversee School Trust Funds, which, among other things, provide significant funding for school libraries and technology. Elimination of the State Treasurer would concentrate more power in the governor’s office.

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