Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon presented WEAC’s Excellence in Education Award

WEAC President Ron Martin on Wednesday presented WEAC’s Excellence in Education Award to Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon. The award was presented in Grignon’s classroom, in front of students, family members and colleagues. Martin quoted from one of Grignon’s nominators who said: “Ben’s role as a teacher is not simply to teach art; rather his is the simultaneous honor and obligation to preserve and teach traditional Menominee arts, culture and language through his classroom.”

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Legislative Update – September 27, 2019

A series of bills are circulating aimed at suicide prevention, including measures that impact school employees. The proposals were introduced amid some political turmoil, as a task force shifted from asking for a bill to create a hotline to instead demand that funding included in the state budget be released. Democrats are also speaking out because the slate of proposals does not include a bill on a ‘red flag law’ to allow for weapons to be taken from individuals deemed to present a threat to themselves or others. A bill on that was introduced last week, apart from the suicide prevention slate.

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Read Across America unveils new look

Our student populations are ever-changing and evolving and every year there are new children’s books that reflect that diversity. That’s why NEA’s Read Across America is rebranding with a new logo to appeal to students of all ages and backgrounds and a continued mission of “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.”

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Legislative Update – September 20

Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul are welcoming a bill circulating by Democrats Representative Melissa Sargent and Senator Lena Taylor to allow police to seize the weapons of an individual identified by a judge to be at extreme risk of being a threat to themselves or others. Evers urged lawmakers to support the red flag law (LRB-4383), adding that if Republicans oppose it he may call a special session. Polls show the majority of Wisconsinites favor the measure.

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Spotlight on Locals: Boyceville Education Association

The Boyceville Education Association was on the ground floor of a local initiative called “Build a Better Boyceville” which is focused on the economics of their area and improvement of their community. Both BEA President Holly Sweeney and BEA Secretary Jacob Peterson see this work as critical for both their local association and their community. “We are all invested in Boyceville, and we want to be an education partner in this work,” Holly tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Legislative Update – September 13

The Senate and Assembly education committees will both meet next week. Topics under consideration include character education, school board meeting notices, special education licensure, and out-of-state teacher license reciprocity.

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