Ripon’s Rachel Thorson honored as a 2019 Knowles Teaching Fellow

WEAC Region 5 member Rachel Thorson, who teaches chemistry at Ripon High School, has been selected by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a member of its 2019 cohort of Teaching Fellows. “I chose teaching because I had teachers that helped me out and am doing my best to pay it forward,” she said. “Additionally, I love the intellectual pursuit of communicating science in a way that does its wonder justice.”

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Spotlight on Locals: West Salem Education Association

The West Salem Education Association believes there is no better way to help people understand the value of the union than to talk with them face-to-face. “In the West Salem Education Association, we provide opportunities for all educators to grow. We are working to introduce ourselves to our young educators, to share the good work we are doing, and to invite them to grow stronger with us,” WSEA Co-President Ryan Waldhart tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Legislative Update – October 31, 2019

The Senate and Assembly Education Committees are busy this week reviewing and voting on items related to the Parental Choice Program, shared services, equalization aid, school consolidation issues, suicide prevention grants, school safety and more.

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WEAC Education Advocacy Update – October 25, 2019

The governor has called a special session of the Legislature starting Nov. 7, calling on legislators to take up “red-flag” law legislation and a bill to create universal background checks. The governor can’t force lawmakers to vote on the bills, and this week Republican leaders signaled they will not take up the measures. Read about this and more in the WEAC Education Advocacy Update.

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Spotlight on Locals: Wausau Education Association

In addition to having dedicated leaders and members who focus on students and the community, the Wausau Education Association credits its success in part to the strong support it gets from the national, state and region unions. “Our work in membership growth has been a collaborative effort,” WEA Vice President Deb Foster tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We’d like to thank the National Education Association (NEA), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and Region 2 for investing in our local for the organizing project to grow our membership. Your confidence in us has made all the difference in our success.”

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