Supreme Court ruling a disappointment for voucher school proponents, NEA president says

In a narrowly written decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer that Missouri could not refuse a playground grant to a church solely due to the fact that the church is a religious institution. However, the court’s refusal to rule broadly will surely be a disappointment to school voucher proponents who had sought to use the dispute over playground resurfacing grants to undermine state constitutional protections for public education.

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Teacher shortages, vouchers among topics at NEA Representative Assembly

More than 120 WEAC members are heading to Boston this week for the National Education Association Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. WEAC President Ron Martin, who headed out early this week, said teacher shortages and private school vouchers are two of the key topics to be addressed by the approximately 7,500 delegates.

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Democrats release K-12 funding plan

With Wisconsin’s budget deadline just days away, Legislative Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee unveiled a funding plan for Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools Thursday in the hopes of breaking the ongoing Republican stalemate. The plan invests $729 million more in K-12 education than Governor Walker’s proposal and lowers property taxes by nearly $25 million.

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Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit is August 9 in Lake Mills

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit – the Wisconsin public education advocacy event of the year: an opportunity like no other to connect with and learn from other supporters of public schools. From parents and grassroots organizers to academics and administrators, the Summit showcases the expertise and experience that all of our statewide partners bring to the important work we do in supporting our students and their public schools.

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Cullen, Schultz declare a bipartisan war on gerrymandering

Former Wisconsin State Senators Tim Cullen, a Democrat, and Dale Schultz, a Republican, have joined together for a bipartisan effort to end gerrymandering, which they say has caused disruption of the political system in Wisconsin. Cullen and Schultz, who both served as majority leaders of the State Senate, are co-chairs of the Fair Election Project, which has helped organize a lawsuit challenging the legality of how Republicans redrew Wisconsin’s election districts in 2010. The lawsuit, Gill v. Whitford, is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Legislative Update – June 21

GOP legislative leaders are expected to continue meeting behind closed doors today, after spending much time Tuesday hammering out a budget deal on K-12 education, taxes and transportation. There’s a possibility the Joint Finance Committee meeting will meet Thursday, with K-12 education on the agenda. With competing school funding plans, they’re looking for agreement on per-pupil funding levels and approaches to low revenue limits, among other things.

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