WEAC Education Advocacy Update

The Legislature may not be meeting this week, but there is still a lot to read up on when it comes to education advocacy. From general school aid amounts to a new bill expanding Family and Medical Leave, the WEAC Education Advocacy Update has it all.

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Legislative Update – November 22

Governor Tony Evers this week signed a bill (AB 51/SB 55) to expand the minority teacher loan program statewide. The program offers loan forgiveness for minority teachers who teach in schools that have at least 40 percent minority students. The expansion will make the program available in about 25 school districts or at tribal schools in high-demand fields such as special education, math or bilingual teaching. Before this change, only teachers in Milwaukee schools were eligible for the program. 

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Legislative Update – November 15

The Assembly was in session Tuesday, days after legislative leaders decided not to take up popular gun control measures in a special session. Representatives on Tuesday did engage in lengthy debate on whether the tree in the Capitol should be called a “holiday tree” or a “Christmas tree.” After a resolution supporting “Christmas tree,” Assembly speaker Robin Vos gaveled out for the long term, saying, “Merry Christmas.”

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Legislative Update: November 6

The Senate was meeting Tuesday to take up several appointments and bills, including ones about the governor’s veto powers, youth apprenticeship programs, the Parental Choice Program, and special education licensure.

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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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