Classroom Participation: Outpouring of Support for Public Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 1017 Educators, parents, communities behind surge to make public schools a priority By Ron Martin, President Wisconsin Education Association Council Eau Claire Social Studies Teacher There is something significant happening in Wisconsin. And people are paying attention. It’s a massive groundswell of support for our public schools. A few weeks […]

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WEAC Receives Grant from Great Public Schools Fund

The Wisconsin Education Association Council has received a grant from the National Education Association’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund to build respect and recognition of Education Support Professionals. GPS Fund grants, established by NEA members in 2013, are designed to help enhance the education profession and promote student success.

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We must be committed to the success of EVERY student, WEAC President Martin says

“The continued success of Wisconsin neighborhood public schools is a tribute to the educators and parents who have gone above and beyond while the governor and Legislature have undercut our students,” WEAC President Ron Martin said Tuesday in response to the governor’s State of the State Address. “As teachers, we are committed to the success of every student through the public schools that provide opportunity to all students, not just a few. Our schools need funding restored so they can attract and keep qualified teachers and students can get more one-on-one attention. Students need less testing and more time to learn. Let’s get serious about our public schools, and stop throwing tax dollars at what doesn’t work – private tuition subsidies.”

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96 percent of recertifications pass

Ninety-six percent – 240 of 251 – of 2016 recertification elections for WEAC locals passed this fall, results released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission show. “In the local associations that chose recertification elections, we saw a tremendous support for the role of the union in supporting educators so they can better help their students,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, a middle school social studies teacher. “This support signals the strong role unions still play in their local school districts to partner with parents and their communities on ensuring the best public schools for students.”

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Voters support their neighborhood schools

Voters in communities across Wisconsin supported their neighborhood public schools in Tuesday’s election, casting ballots to increase funding to maintain opportunities for students, attract and keep committed and qualified teachers, and provide safe, modern facilities. “Voters have again supported raising taxes on themselves to be sure their children have opportunities for success,” said WEAC President Ron Martin.

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WEAC statement on GOP’s push to open another voucher door

Statement by WEAC President Ron Martin: “Education savings accounts literally take money out of our neighborhood public schools and hand it over to subsidize private tuition, with zero accountability. Wisconsin students don’t need any more back-door schemes to take funding from our public schools. Public school students already receive less funding than those in private schools. Politicians who turn their backs on the public schools that provide all children with opportunity in return for campaign contributions from voucher lobbyists had better be ready to look parents in their communities in the eye in the next election and explain why local public schools are cutting teachers and programs, while tax dollars go unaccounted for through private subsidies.”

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