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 – May 28

The Assembly Education Committee is holding hearings this week on several bills including ones that would open the door to more exceptions in special teacher licensing areas, change the way out-of-state teachers can be licensed to teach in Wisconsin, and prohibit schools from “lunch shaming” students whose families are not able to pay for lunch.

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Action by WEAC members leads to withdrawal of proposal that threatened teacher rights

Due to the efforts of WEAC members, a proposal to seriously threaten teacher rights won’t move forward, the state education agency announced Thursday. Thousands of WEAC members answered the call to action to provide testimony on proposed changes, which included the licensure system as well as sweeping revisions to teacher discipline procedures. While WEAC collaborated on the system changes to support the goal of easing the teacher shortage, our members determined the discipline changes would push professionals away from teaching. “WEAC members stood up in huge numbers to get involved,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, and it paid off.

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WEAC leads efforts to bring teacher voice to proposed license changes

WEAC is leading efforts to build understanding and bring forward teacher voice on proposed changes to the state’s teacher licensure law, PI-34. “We’ve already been in follow up discussions to make the proposed changes to the licensing system better, and get at the goal of easing the teacher shortage,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher. “We’re making headway and the next step is a direct conversation with teachers about how the plan would impact teachers who work directly with students every day.”

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