Wisconsin must demonstrate that we value our teachers, Governor Evers writes

In a column released Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers says Wisconsin must do better in demonstrating that it values its teachers. “We must … recognize that part of supporting our kids in the classroom means supporting the educators who teach our kids,” Evers writes. “Wisconsin pays our public school teachers less than the national average, which makes it harder to recruit and retain talented educators. According to recently-released data, Wisconsin has fallen to 33rd in the nation for average teacher pay. Teacher salaries in our state are some of the lowest in the Midwest. Teachers moving across the border to Illinois or Michigan can see pay bumps of $10,000 or more. That’s just not good enough, folks. As we continue to fight for the resources our schools need to invest in our kids, we must do everything in our power to ensure that educators know the work they do is valued and that they mean something to our kids and the people of our state.”

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Legislative Update: October 11

The Assembly’s move to take unlimited attempts to override a veto by the governor has left a sour taste in the mouths of Democrats. Meanwhile, the Senate Education Committee meets next Thursday and will take up bills related to character education, special education licensure, kindergarten enrollment counts, feasibility studies for consolidation or grade sharing, aid for consolidation or grade sharing, shared services, and dyslexia guidebook. Find out more about these measures, and other activity at the Capitol.

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Evers asks Godlewski to head new Retirement Security Task Force

Governor Tony Evers has formed the Retirement Security Task Force, and announced that State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski would lead the effort. In a news release, Godlewski said, like citizens nationwide, Wisconsinites are not saving enough for retirement and that an estimated 400,000 Wisconsinites are at risk of retiring in poverty by 2030. The task force, she said, will “identify effective and achievable solutions that will provide an opportunity for all Wisconsinites to save that is separate from the WRS (Wisconsin Retirement System).”

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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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Legislative Update: June 10

The Assembly Education Committee will meet Thursday to vote on two teacher licensing bills, including one that makes exceptions for a particular license area, special education, which could open the door to more carving out of exceptions in specific licensing areas, and lowers the standard for special education teachers, those teachers who serve Wisconsin’s most intellectually vulnerable population.

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Legislative Update: June 7

The Joint Finance Committee voted this week not to use federal Medicaid funds available under the Affordable Care Act, which would have resulted in an additional $1.6 billion investment in health programs and freed up state funds to support schools and roads. Also, an analysis of the education budget passed through the Joint Finance Committee last week shows that students enrolled in private voucher schools would again receive higher per-pupil payments than public school students.

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