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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.


Survey results show mixed picture for Wisconsin youth

Results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provide both promising and troubling news about the status of high school students in Wisconsin. On one hand, the vast majority of students are passing their classes, feel they belong at their school, and have a supportive teacher or other adult that they can go to with problems. Rates of sexual activity; smoking; alcohol use, including binge drinking; and marijuana use are all in decline. However, students also sleep less, are on their devices more, and are more likely to feel sad or hopeless, and to consider and plan suicide. Nearly 50 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys report anxiety.


Spotlight on Locals: Appleton Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with the members of the Appleton Education Association’s Membership Committee, who are committed to honoring the rich legacy of the AEA. “We inherited a strong association,” said AEA President Chris Heller. “Past presidents like Marcia Engen, Noelle Mudrak, Candi Breitengross, Mark Leschke and Dianne Lang built the AEA to be a strong local. We are working to keep it strong.”


Vouchers are far worse for student achievement than previously thought, analysis concludes

A new analysis by the Center for American Progress concludes that private school vouchers are more harmful to student achievement than previously thought and that students attending private voucher schools miss out on approximately one-third of a year of classroom learning. “This analysis builds on a large body of voucher program evaluations in Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., all of which show that students attending participating private schools perform significantly worse than their peers in public schools—especially in math,” according to the summary titled The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers.


Appleton educator Katie Chicquette Adams honored as one of Fox Cities Future 15

Katie Chicquette Adams, a high school at-risk educator in the Appleton Area School District and a member of WEAC Region 3, has been named one of the Fox Cities Future 15. The Future 15 were selected by the Pulse Young Professionals Network, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership in collaboration with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin based on their professional dedication, strong sense of vision for the future of the Fox Cities and personal commitment to philanthropy in the community they call home.


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.