Legislative Update – April 12

The Legislature has concluded its work in Madison, leaving a long list of proposals in its wake. To help you sort out what passed, and what didn’t, we’ll be sharing several round-ups over the next couple of weeks. Today’s update concerns curriculum-related policies that got traction or fizzled.

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WTCS recertification vote open through Noon April 25

Recertification voting for WTCS Locals is open through Noon April 25. The Union needs to receive YES votes from 51% of all eligible voters to win. Not voting counts the same as a “no” vote. Your colleagues need your support, so please vote YES. Click this link for instructions.

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Little change in Wisconsin’s NAEP scores

Reading and mathematics results for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained steady in Wisconsin compared to prior years, with fourth-graders overall at the national average and eighth-graders just above the national average for both subjects. 

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‘No-excuses’ charter schools could do more harm than good, analysis finds

“No-excuses” charter schools – which promote strict disciplinary policies, longer school days, and intensive academic tutoring at the expense of the arts and physical education – could do more harm than good, according to a new review by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. “While supporters of ‘no-excuses’ charter schools say these practices improve student achievement, they fail to acknowledge the potential negative effects these practices have on students, teachers, and families,” according to the report.

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WEAC mentors provide invaluable support to National Board candidates

National Board candidates and renewal candidates attended a support session on Saturday, April 7, at the WEAC building in Madison. The event was free and open only to WEAC members, who served both as mentors and students. Attendees said the support and guidance they received was invaluable as they progress through the demanding and rewarding National Board process. Find out more about WEAC’s National Board resources at weac.org/NBCT.

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Spotlight on Locals: Janesville Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen highlights the many successes of the Janesville Education Association, from working to elect quality school board members to instituting a new salary schedule to holding the line on insurance costs. “While we don’t have the leverage we once did, creating a friendlier environment that is working in the spirit of cooperation is making a difference for us,” says JEA President Dave Groth.

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