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‘Together, we have come to understand our traditional ways through the revitalization of our arts’

The Department of Public Education ConnectEd newsletter this week features Wisconsin’s Teachers of the Year, including Benjamin Grignon, a teacher of traditional Menominee crafts at Menominee Indian High School in Keshena, a member of WEAC Region 3, and a Wisconsin 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. “Equity in my classroom is when my students share in teaching,” he writes. “We are on this journey together. This has to be our way. We won’t survive any other way.”


‘Each student is treated with the ultimate respect’

The Department of Public Education ConnectEd newsletter this week features Wisconsin’s Teachers of the Year, including Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School, a member of WEAC Region 1, and Wisconsin’s 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year. In a column, Wilson says his approach to teaching boils down to treating each student with the ultimate respect.


Spotlight on Locals: Marshfield Teachers’ Association

Having a commitment and a passion for doing what’s best for students ultimately strengthens local schools as well as the local association. That is the philosophy adopted by the Marshfield Teachers’ Association, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen writes in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “The MTA wants to be a part of the solution to the struggles that we are currently facing,” says MTA Past President Don Lang. When the community, parents, and the school board are connected closely with educators in the schools, Peggy adds, partnerships that are good for students are created.


Evers calls for restoring respect for Wisconsin’s schools and educators

Wisconsin must restore respect for Wisconsin’s public schools and educators and listen to teachers and education support professionals, who have the best interests of students at heart, State Superintendent Tony Evers said Thursday in his annual State of Education Address. We also need to invest in our public schools, he said. “A decade of disinvestment hasn’t magically solved problems, increased student performance, or improved our competitive edge. Divisive solutions from Washington and Madison haven’t made things better. These policies are failing us. But the people of Wisconsin know there’s a better way.”


Evers increases lead over Walker in race for governor

State Superintendent Tony Evers has increased his lead over Scott Walker in the race for governor, according a new poll by the Marquette University Law School. Evers leads 49 percent to 44 percent among likely voters. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin leads her Republican opponent, Leah Vukmir, 53 percent to 42 percent.


Evers’ budget plan increases public school funding by $1.4 billion, achieves two-thirds state funding of schools

State Superintendent Tony Evers on Sunday unveiled a state education budget proposal that increases state funding of public K-12 schools by $1.4 billion over the next two years and achieves two-thirds state funding of education.  “The budget I’m submitting responds to the very real challenges our schools and educators face each and every day,” Evers said. “It changes how we fund our schools and provides resources to our educators to meet the needs of every child.”