NEA video honors Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin

A new NEA video pays tribute to Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, winner of this year’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Award at the annual NEA Convention. “There is no greater champion of women’s rights, worker rights and the middle class,” it says. At the end of the tribute video, WEAC President Ron Martin accepts the award on Baldwin’s behalf because she could not attend the ceremony because of her duties in the U.S. Senate. Baldwin was nominated for the award by the WEAC Human and Civil Rights Committee.

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Legislative Update – July 14

While transportation is the main issue bogging down the state budget right now, the issue of private school vouchers is lurking in the background. The Assembly Speaker this week told a Capitol insider that “anything’s possible” when it comes to raising income limits for voucher school eligibility to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, ($73,800 for family of four). While Republican Senators oppose increasing income limits, the word is that they would support lifting enrollment caps for the statewide voucher program. Assembly Republicans, however, have said their caucus is against that move.

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Federal Health Care Action Alert!

The revised Senate health care bill converts Medicaid to a system of capped payments to states and pegs future adjustments to the consumer price index instead of medical care costs – which generally rise faster. The result? It is estimated federal Medicaid outlays will decrease 26 percent by 2026. This endangers all students, especially the most vulnerable children, and the public schools that serve them. Contact your senators now!

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Why millennials should lead the next labor movement

Millennials can’t stand by and watch as the unions continue to decline and the middle class disappears, Janesville native Kashana Cauley writes in a New York Times article. “People like me, who have mental museums filled with memories of the stability that came with our parents’ union jobs, could be the perfect leaders of the next labor union renaissance,” she writes.

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Sequanna Taylor of Milwaukee elected to ESP seat on the NEA Board

WEAC member Sequanna Taylor, from Milwaukee, has been elected to an Education Support Professional At-Large seat on the National Education Association Board. Sequanna, who is president of the Milwaukee Educational Assistants’ Association and sits on the Executive Board of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, was elected by an overwhelming vote of delegates to the NEA Convention in Boston. The Convention concluded over the weekend.

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