WEAC is learning from the past and building for the future, WEAC President says

Inspired by the legacy handed down by our past leaders and encouraged by the incredible promise of our current and aspiring educators, the future of WEAC is very strong, WEAC President Ron Martin said Saturday at the 95th WEAC Representative Assembly. Despite what some media say, “It’s an exciting time to be a union member,” Martin said at the daylong Assembly in Stevens Point.

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‘My students deserve a quality education,’ special education teacher tells legislators

Kandace Larsen, a special education teacher at Marinette High School, stood up for her students Friday in testimony before the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. “I am here to speak as an educator in support of public education, but more importantly, I am here to speak for my students – many of whom are not able to speak for themselves,” she said at a state budget public hearing at Marinette High School.

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Legislative Update – April 21

Governor signs bill on local governments’ labor agreements … Why voucher transparency matters … Budget hearings wrap up … Permitless Carry Bill referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety (among other things, the bill would eliminate the State Gun Free School Zones Law) … The Week in Review.

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Teacher asks legislators to put voucher program to a statewide vote

La Crosse teacher John Havlicek asked legislators Wednesday to put the private school voucher program to a statewide vote. In testimony before the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee at a hearing in Ellsworth, Havlicek also submitted the written testimony of nearly 100 people – mostly educators – supporting public education over vouchers.

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NEA Executive Committee visits MTEA, applauds Community Schools program

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association welcomed the National Education Association Executive Committee to Milwaukee Tuesday. The NEA leaders – including President Lily Eskelsen García, Vice President Becky Pringle and Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss – met with MTEA’s leadership, MPS Administration and United Way representatives to find ways to continue the success and growth of Milwaukee’s seven #CommunitySchools.

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WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen joins other educators and parents in asking legislators to support full funding of public schools

WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, a Marshfield teacher, joined other educators and parents Tuesday at the Joint Finance Committee hearing in Spooner, asking legislators to support full funding of public schools. “As a teacher, I support children and their dreams, and I make all professions possible,” she said. “As legislators, I ask you to make our public school students and those dreams your priority.”

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