Legislative update – February 27

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Taking local control away from elected school boards and the communities they serve … Legislative action continues during the first week of March … Broadband expansion goes to committee … Bill changes the way state aid payments are made … Governor’s budget includes $803 million in building projects … Bill would allow a pupil’s parent or guardian to opt the student out of certain statewide examinations.

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Evers says wide margin of victory in primary reflects state’s commitment to public schools

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Incumbent Tony Evers, who garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote in a three-way primary race for State Superintendent Tuesday, said his large margin of victory reflects the commitment of Wisconsin residents to quality public education. “And more importantly, I really tried in this election, thus far and I’m going to continue, to focus on the 860,000 public school kids and their needs and try to avoid the issue of this policy and that policy and focus on kids,” Evers said.

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Evers says teachers should have greater voice in school decisions

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State Superintendent Tony Evers says he wants to reinvigorate the teaching profession by providing teachers with a greater voice in decision making processes. “The issue of teachers is important, and a lot of it has to do with the way we treated the profession and portrayed the profession,” Evers said last week in a meeting with Sauk County Democrats, according to a report in the Baraboo News Republic. “We can fix that, and it’s free. Our politicians need to stop denigrating the profession.”

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Legislative Update – February 17

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More than $636.6 million in budget requests shut out of governor’s proposal … Bill on rural broadband, TEACH grants being circulated … Bill circulating to regulate electronic smoking devices on school property … School board meeting minutes bill introduced … Project labor agreement bill sent to Assembly Rules Committee … ETF sends letter regarding self-insurance … and more.

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Two local association leaders discuss challenges faced by rural schools

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Two local association presidents from WEAC Region 6 participated in a television panel this week to discuss the challenges facing rural schools. Marshall Education Association President Michael Jansen and Fennimore Education Association President Jon Buslaff joined Fennimore Superintendent Jamie Nutter on a “For the Record” panel hosted by WISC-TV Channel 3 Editorial Director Neil Heinen in Madison.

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