Americans’ confidence in public schools is growing

According to the recent PDK International survey, the percentage of Americans who give their community’s public schools an ‘A’ is at its highest in more than 40 years of PDK polling. Sixty-two percent of public school parents give public schools in their own communities an A or B grade (The percentage dips to 45% with nonparents). When parents grade their own child’s school, grades improve even more, to 71%.

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Wisconsin improves participation and performance on AP 

Wisconsin improved both public school student participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered last May. The state had a 5.7 percent increase in participation from the prior year with 42,783 public school students taking 72,637 AP exams, an increase of 2,326 student test-takers. Wisconsin students had 65.9 percent of their exams scored three or higher compared to 56.0 percent nationally. The exams are scored on a scale of one through five, with scores of three or higher generally receiving college credit, advanced standing, or both at many colleges and universities.

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THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP #DEFENDACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America. They are students, educators, small business owners, healthcare workers, and so many others contributing to their families, communities, and to the country they call home. Find out how you can help.

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WEAC Legislative Update – September 1

The Joint Finance Committee took up K-12 education this week, passing along party lines a Republican omnibus motion representing a mixed bag for public schools in the state budget. Democrats had proposed a plan that would restore funding for public schools, but it was defeated along party lines. The state is three months behind in approving a budget, and as the majority of schools open next week they’ll be operating under last year’s budget until something is approved – probably mid-September.

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Finance committee considers K-12 plan including boosting low-spending districts, raising voucher income limits

The Joint Finance Committee is considering a K-12 education plan that boosts low-spending districts, raises voucher income limits, and ties the hands of local school boards from going to referendum to exceed spending caps. The overall package is less than the governor’s $649 million plan, but keeps about $500 million into categorical aids split evenly among school districts. 

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