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WEAC President Martin asks legislators to focus on more school resources, fewer guns

In testimony submitted Tuesday to the Assembly Education Committee, WEAC President Ron Martin said the solution to school violence is not more guns but proper resources to address issues that include student mental health, school safety improvements, staff training and common sense gun laws. “While the package of bills under consideration appropriates funding for more armed guards, more equipment, more reporting requirements, it is imperative the committee recognizes what is missing,” Martin said. “The package of bills under consideration by the committee contains not one of the recommendations for safe schools forwarded by those of us who work in and with them.”


Legislative Update – March 19

The governor’s proposals to provide more guards and safety equipment in schools are now available as Assembly bills (no Senate companion bills at this time), and the Assembly Education Committee has set a public hearing for 10 a.m. Tuesday. His proposals differ from the package of bills recommended by WEAC in notable ways.


Spotlight on Locals: Rib Lake Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with the Rib Lake Education Association, which, she says, has reinforced for her the qualities of strong and steadfast local leaders. “This leadership team has had each other’s back on every issue that they have faced and continue to face,” Peggy writes. “They are truly a group-first local with a strong culture of unionism stemming from their leadership.”


Legislative Update – March 15 – Special session on school safety planned

The governor has introduced his school safety plan and is calling for a special session to consider it. His proposal comes a week after WEAC and the state Department of Public Instruction forwarded our principles for school safety. Those solutions, designed to keep schools safe and welcoming for all students and staff, are reflected in a series of bills now circulating for co-sponsorship.


Tell your elected leaders to co-sponsor Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions

As many students nationwide participated in a National School Walkout against gun violence, educators throughout Wisconsin wore orange Wednesday to demonstrate their support for common sense gun legislation. This is a good time to tell your legislators to co-sponsor the Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions legislation, which includes the principles for safe schools forwarded by the state Department of Public Instruction in partnership with WEAC.