WEAC Legislative Update – March 21

This week, the child labor bill is likely to get some attention by the Senate, after the Assembly has already taken action. The press is paying attention to the fact that, under the governor’s budget, voucher operators will receive at least $1,000 more PER STUDENT than neighborhood public schools. Given that – and more – public school advocates across Wisconsin are gearing up for Joint Finance Committee hearings in April (#GoPublic). There’ll be plenty on the table for discussion.

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Two WEAC members helping develop new computer science standards

Two WEAC members are on a state committee overseeing development of new computer science standards for Wisconsin schools. Among the members of the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council, which will oversee the Computer Science Standards Writing Committee, are Heather Mielke of Elkhorn, Math Teacher, Burlington High School; and Lisa Sanderfoot of De Pere, Computer and Information Science Teacher, Valley View Elementary School, Ashwaubenon School District.

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Report says Wisconsin ranks ‘very poorly’ for Head Start program

Wisconsin is one of 18 states that rank “very poorly” for instructional support in the federal Head Start program for children in poverty, according to a report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Head Start, the report says, varies dramatically from state to state in funding, classroom hours, teacher qualifications and compensation, observed quality, and enrollment.

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Eau Claire’s Yvonne Novak recognized for involving students in Holocaust research project

A WEAC member’s classroom project to gather information about how the Holocaust was reported locally in the 1940s has caught the attention of local media. Eau Claire South Middle School social studies teacher Yvonne Novak has involved her students in a project sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Americans from all over are doing research and looking at how the Holocaust was reported in everyone’s communities,” Novak told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

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