WRS participants to see payment increases

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The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds has announced annuity increases for the nearly 200,000 retirees of the Wisconsin Retirement System. The Core annuity adjustment is 2.0% and the Variable annuity adjustment is 4.0%, effective May 1.

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35 WEAC members win 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellowships

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Thirty-five WEAC members are recipients of prestigious Herb Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellowships for 2017. Each teacher receives a $3,000 award. Recipients were selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program’s co-sponsors.

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WEAC Region 1 members spend weekend ‘learning and growing’

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About 40 members from the northwest area of Wisconsin attended the WEAC Region 1 Learning and Growing Conference March 10-11 in Eau Claire. “It was great to network, hear what was happening in other schools, listen to excellent speakers, spend some time with new and old friends, and learn all kinds of new information” said Region 1 President Deb Bell.

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Legislative Update – March 13

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Minimum Hours of Instruction … School Start Date … Project Labor Agreements … Elimination of State Treasurer Office … MPS Charter Authority … Online Publication of School Board Meeting Minutes … Broadband Expansion … DPI Review of Governor’s Budget.

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Wisconsin ESP well represented at national conference

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Wisconsin had a very impressive contingent this weekend at the NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference in Dallas. The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation.

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‘Voucher expansion not based on evidence,’ research brief concludes

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A new WEAC Research Brief concludes that there is little evidence to substantiate the expansion of private voucher schools on the grounds that they are intended to help student achievement: “Research in Wisconsin and other states consistently shows little to no voucher school advantage, and in fact often documents significant ill-effects on students including: school closings, high rates of student attrition for lower-performing students, and decreased assessment scores in math and reading.”

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