Educators, students, community members ‘walk in’ together to show support for public schools

Educators, students, and community members came together Wednesday to show their support for public schools by walking into school together in a proud and public display of unity. ‘Walk-ins’ were held in dozens of Wisconsin schools, including schools in Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, Solon Springs, Onalaska, Sparta and Tomah.

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Teachers feeling overloaded and stressed, according to Baraboo survey

Implementation of new educational requirements from the federal, state and local level, combined with the loss of collective bargaining rights, has teachers feeling overloaded and under growing stress, according to a survey of Baraboo teachers. “There’s initiative fatigue,” Baraboo High School teacher and Baraboo Education Association President Kari Nelson told the Baraboo News Republic. “That is the sense we are getting from our members. It is initiative overload.”

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After five years of anti-union laws, WEAC remains a strong voice for educators and students

Five years ago this week, Governor Scott Walker launched his anti-union, anti-worker campaign against the Wisconsin working class and our shared Wisconsin values. Many laws since passed by the Republican Legislature and signed by the governor have harmed public schools and students. But the attempt to kill unions has failed, WEAC President Betsy Kippers said. “We are still here, rebuilding and finding new and different ways to make sure Wisconsin has highly qualified educators and stable public schools that provide opportunity to all students.”

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Committee OKs voucher measure that will cost public schools $14.2 million

The Assembly Education Committee Wednesday adopted a voucher school measure that will cost public schools an additional $14.2 million in the first year. Under the amendment, districts with resident students in the statewide or Racine voucher programs will lose revenue limit authority and will likely have to pay for voucher students by reducing educational opportunities for the children that remain in their districts.

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Senate approves bill loosening licensure standards for vocational education teachers

The Senate Tuesday approved a bill to loosen licensure standards for vocational education teachers (SB 449) on a 19-13 party-line vote, after rejecting an amendment by Senate Democrats to create a teaching shortage task force this year appointed by the state superintendent and to sunset the bill in 2020.

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What is a paraeducator?

In this blog , written with help from Menomonie Middle School Paraeducator and WEAC member Lynnn Goss, Menomonie School District Administrator Joe Zydowski says paraeducators are “critical partners in meeting the needs of the whole child. In addition to supporting teachers and the curriculum being taught, paras build relationships with students and staff in an effort to best meet the needs of students.”

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