The election is over. Now the hard part begins.

Governor-Elect Tony Evers talked to his partners – including WEAC members – on Thursday, expressing his extreme appreciation for all the hard work you have done in quick fashion during the Legislature’s lame duck session. He reminded us that we made some dents in the legislation, and that we have a national audience. As Governor Walker prepares to take up the bills on his desk, he’s getting a lot of push-back, even from some of his prominent political supporters, but it’s likely that he will act on signing these “poor loser” bills soon. Governor-Elect Evers is calling on the people of Wisconsin to keep pressure on the soon-to-be-former governor, asking him to veto the bills on his desk.

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Don’t let anyone forget what the Republicans did this month

The bills passed by Republican legislators in their lame-duck power grab have now been sent to the soon-to-be-former governor, who has said he will sign them. For now, continue to email your legislators to let them know you’re still paying attention. And let’s not let anyone forget how the Republicans behaved this month. The next election will be here before you – or they – know it!

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Voucher and charter schools ‘open the door for discrimination,’ report finds

Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures should adopt laws and regulations that make it clear that private schools and charter schools receiving public tax dollars must “operate in non-discriminatory ways” and cannot exclude some populations from employment and enrollment, according recommendations of a new policy brief. The brief – “How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination” – was co-written by Julie F. Mead, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was funded in part by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

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Help stop Republican efforts to undermine Governor-Elect Evers and the will of the voters!

WEAC is partnering with our allies to push back on the Republicans’ legislative lame duck session, after over 40 provisions were introduced at the very end of the day Friday. Radio ads are starting Monday and WEAC members and public education supporters are being asked to immediately email your legislators and share digital content on social media channels. WEAC will inform you about opportunities to be part of press events, rallies and townhalls being organized in various areas of the state as well.

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Spotlight on Locals: Reedsburg Education Association

Reedsburg Education Association members are dedicated every day to the students in their schools and classrooms, but their dedication extends beyond the school walls, REA leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “In our area, the school is the core of the community,” says REA Treasurer Ann Schmitt, “and it extends out from there. Our teachers are known and recognized in our community as an integral part.”

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Lindsey Guenther of Tomah is latest WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed winner!

Congratulations to Tomah teacher Lindsey Guenther, the latest winner of our WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event. Lindsey will get VIP treatment at the November 30 UW Badger hockey game against Penn State at the Kohl Center in Madison. Lindsey is entering her seventh year of teaching at LaGrange Elementary school in Tomah. She is a fourth grade teacher and works with a variety of students each and every day. “I became a teacher mainly because I wanted to pay tribute to the efforts of all of my amazing teachers in the past,” Lindsey says.

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