Unions call Janus case ‘a political effort to further rig the rules against working people’

“The Janus case is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people,” four public employee unions, including the NEA, said Thursday in a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up the Janus case. “The billionaire CEOs and corporate interests behind this case, and the politicians who do their bidding, have teamed up to deliver yet another attack on working people by striking at the freedom to come together in strong unions.”

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Wisconsin improves participation and performance on AP 

Wisconsin improved both public school student participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered last May. The state had a 5.7 percent increase in participation from the prior year with 42,783 public school students taking 72,637 AP exams, an increase of 2,326 student test-takers. Wisconsin students had 65.9 percent of their exams scored three or higher compared to 56.0 percent nationally. The exams are scored on a scale of one through five, with scores of three or higher generally receiving college credit, advanced standing, or both at many colleges and universities.

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Governor signs state budget, vetoes provision designed to help low-spending districts

The governor Thursday signed the state budget into law, after using his veto power on several provisions. The budget is a mixed bag for public schools. It represents a 6 percent increase in state funding for K-12 schools – the first public school increase in six years. But it continues the state’s practice of siphoning funds from public schools to subsidize private school tuition and upends teacher licensure rules. Also, the governor vetoed a provision designed to help low-spending districts.

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Legislative Update – September 20 – Committee backs bill to repeal gun-free school zones

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety has approved SB 169, a bill to repeal Wisconsin’s “gun-free school zones” statute. The bill was met with heated debate at a public hearing in May and many news outlets have editorialized against it. The bill would allow people to carry concealed guns without getting training or state permits and in some cases bring them onto school grounds.

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Evansville’s Beth Oswald selected to serve on Teacher Advisory Council of national non-profit group

Evansville teacher – and WEAC Region 6 member – Beth Oswald has been selected by national nonprofit organization Hope Street Group as one of only 15 educators nationwide to join its first Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) through the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. “This honor is a reflection of the outstanding education community in Evansville, Wisconsin, as well as the support provided through my continued membership in WEAC and the NEA,” she said.

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