Legislative Update – November 15

The Assembly was in session Tuesday, days after legislative leaders decided not to take up popular gun control measures in a special session. Representatives on Tuesday did engage in lengthy debate on whether the tree in the Capitol should be called a “holiday tree” or a “Christmas tree.” After a resolution supporting “Christmas tree,” Assembly speaker Robin Vos gaveled out for the long term, saying, “Merry Christmas.”

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South Milwaukee’s Joanna Rizzotto earns WEAC Award for Teaching Excellence

WEAC President Ron Martin on Wednesday presented WEAC’s Award for Teaching Excellence to South Milwaukee teacher Joanna Rizzotto. “Joanna is a tremendous advocate for her students, advancing the very best in professional teaching practices and sharing her expertise with colleagues across the state,” Martin said in presenting the award to her in a ceremony at her school attended by colleagues and students.

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Becky Wittemann of Germantown is latest WEAC-Badgers Outstanding Educator

Germantown school counselor Becky Wittemann is the latest Wisconsin educator to be named a WEAC-Badgers Outstanding Educator. She will receive two tickets to the University of Wisconsin Badger football game versus Iowa on Saturday, November 9. “I believe that education is the doorway to success, and I am committed to making sure that all our children’s needs are met – not just educationally, but also mentally and emotionally,” she said.

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Legislative Update: November 6

The Senate was meeting Tuesday to take up several appointments and bills, including ones about the governor’s veto powers, youth apprenticeship programs, the Parental Choice Program, and special education licensure.

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State Superintendent Stanford Taylor calls achievement gap a crisis

Wisconsin’s results on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained statistically unchanged for public school students in tested subjects and grade levels, in a year when the nation saw significant declines on three out of four measures, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said this week. However, the tests showed that Wisconsin has the nation’s highest black-white student achievement gap in reading and math at grades 4 and 8, which Stanford Taylor described as a crisis.

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