WEAC launches major effort to promote, support Education Support Professionals

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WEAC is launching a major effort this year to raise awareness about the value of Education Support Professionals in Wisconsin public schools. The multi-year campaign is designed to demonstrate appreciation for the critical role ESP play in schools, and to support them in developing their skills, with the ultimate goal of further helping children succeed.

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Reports reveal Gorsuch repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities

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Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has failed to adequately and fairly protect the rights of students with disabilities, according to reports that reviewed his court rulings. Two independent reports, one from Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the other from the National Education Association, reveal a troubling trend that could disqualify him from the nation’s highest court. Gorsuch, currently a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is set to testify before the U.S. Senate on March 20.

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act will harm students and families, NEA says

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“The ACA expanded coverage to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans, dramatically reducing the number of uninsured children in this country,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “The Republican leadership plan will reverse those gains, leading millions to potentially lose coverage while making drastic cuts in Medicaid funding, benefits, and eligible beneficiaries, and forcing some states to consider diverting money from education to health care.”

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Legislative Update – March 8

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The tentative dates and locations for the Joint Finance Committee budget hearings have been announced, and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released its analysis of the governor’s budget.

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Bill would ‘seriously weaken’ state’s child labor laws

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Two Republican legislators have introduced a bill to make it easier for businesses to use child labor without sign off by parents. Assembly Bill 25 and its companion bill Senate Bill 11, introduced by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R- Clinton) and Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), will completely eliminate the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) permit process currently required for children aged 16 and 17 entering the workforce. An analysis by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO said the bill “seriously weakens Wisconsin’s strong child labor laws which are in place to protect the life, health, safety and welfare of children. It undermines parental rights by eliminating the requirement for moms and dads to approve their kid’s work schedule and other workplace conditions.”

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Legislative Update – March 6

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Joint Finance Committee hearings … Analysis of governor’s budget proposal … The real school funding story … Weakening Wisconsin’s child labor laws … Revenue limit adjustment for replacing lead pipes … Opioid antidotes in school … Project labor agreements … Prohibiting sanctuary cities … Eliminating the office of State Treasurer … Tech ed equipment grants … Local government Civil Service.

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