Legislative Update – September 18 – Senate passes budget, sends to governor

The State Senate passed a $76 billion state budget over the weekend, clearing the way for the governor to act – likely this week. The governor has said he will veto some measures, so this is your chance to send a letter asking him to veto bad budget provisions like restrictions on local control of school boards in referendums and the break-apart of the Racine Unified School District.

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Martin says Walker is ‘out of touch’ after governor objects to coalition’s education accountability plan

Governor Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan drafted by a broad-ranging coalition of education stakeholders and with tremendous input from teachers and education support professionals. “The governor is out of touch with the people of the state,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher who served on Wisconsin’s Equity Council comprised of state residents, parents, educators and public school leaders. The group met for 18 months to create a state education plan that crosses ideological lines and does what’s best for students.

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Legislative Update – September 12 – Teacher licensing changes proposed

WEAC is closely monitoring several provisions included in the state budget that impact teacher licensure. With any of the measures, which insiders say are likely to pass, the DPI will have a big role in developing the rules for enactment. WEAC leaders are committed to being front-and-center as an educator voice as procedures are adopted.

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Survey finds strong support for laws to help Wisconsinites refinance student loans

Results of a new poll commissioned by One Wisconsin Institute finds broad support for reforms to help student loan borrowers. Nearly two-thirds of respondents favor allowing student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage. Since 2013, Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly blocked legislation to help borrowers refinance their student loans.

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