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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Legislative Update: October 17

The Senate Education Committee was voting Thursday on a variety of bills including ones related to: Timing of equalization aid payments to school districts, 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.

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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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