Bill would weaken grievance process for teachers

A bill that is being circulated in the Legislature threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. WEAC has issued an action alert to the bill’s authors raising our concerns. Tell the legislators sponsoring the proposal that Wisconsin teachers deserve fairness!

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Legislative Update – October 5

A bill that is being circulated threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. … A bill is being drafted that aims to give teachers information about violent crimes committed by students. … A full state budget summary is now available. … The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council has finalized the Agreed-Upon Bill for the 2017-18 Legislative Session. … A bill prescribing the way school districts conduct competitive bidding is moving ahead in the Senate.

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Expansion of unproven, unaccountable private school vouchers harms public schools and raises taxes, analysis finds

School voucher programs – including the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) – divert much-needed funding away from public schools when they are expanded, according to a new policy memo by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) with funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. In response to the report, WEAC President Ron Martin said, “If policymakers are really interested in improving education, they should invest in the public schools that serve all students.”

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Americans’ confidence in public schools is growing

According to the recent PDK International survey, the percentage of Americans who give their community’s public schools an ‘A’ is at its highest in more than 40 years of PDK polling. Sixty-two percent of public school parents give public schools in their own communities an A or B grade (The percentage dips to 45% with nonparents). When parents grade their own child’s school, grades improve even more, to 71%.

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Nine Wisconsin schools earn national Blue Ribbon honor

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated nine Wisconsin elementary schools that were among 342 schools nationwide named to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by the U.S. Department of Education. To be considered for the program, public schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or closing achievement gaps between student groups.

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