Education


I LOVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND GOOD ROADS AND I VOTE

We need to elect officials who will take responsibility for maintaining our public schools and roads. It is unbelievable that local school districts need to hold referendums for money to maintain schools.Seventy-five percent of Wisconsin people support public schools. They realize that public schools are the core of our community and our democracy. We ordinary people are responsible for our property. We take care of broken windows and leaky roofs. In the same vein, public officials need to understand that maintaining our public schools is the order of the day. School ...

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FOURTH ANNUAL SUMMER SUMMIT

Register today for Wisconsin's public education event of the year.Wednesday, August 1, 2018 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.Appleton North High School, 5000 N Ballard Rd, Appleton, WI 54913Do you believe every child deserves to attend an equally excellent public school? Are you worried we aren't able to keep that promise to our children? Do you worry about inequities in our schools? Do you want to connect with others who are part of the growing movement to invest in the success of all our students?Then please JOIN US at Appleton North High School on August 1, 2018, for ...

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Keep Our Public Schools Fully Funded

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final public hearing on June 4, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Public education supporters came to send a united message to keep funding public schools fully.“We have attended every single one of these hearings,” said Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director of Wisconsin Public Education Network. “And we have heard superintendents, board members, parents, and teachers say the same thing from one end of the state to the other: our system of school funding is not working and is not fair.”“We believe ...

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WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

My granddaughter plays in her middle school orchestra. Last week I had the honor of attending her spring orchestra concert. The concert was a celebration of the students’ achievements as well as their wonderful teacher. The concert also celebrated the community coming together. All students have a chance at playing an instrument. Their proud parents and other family members and friends come together for this wonderful event.Why public schools? Public schools include district charter and district virtual schools. To produce more special events such as concerts and ...

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SCHOOL REFERENDUM CONUNDRUM

“Clearly, voters continue to value a public education, even if our elected officials do not.” Scott Robert Shaw, “News Talk” WIZM (radio station in La Crosse)Bok's Law: If you think education is expensive—try ignorance.Derek Bok, president of Harvard University.Many school districts in Wisconsin are in financial trouble. To deal with the problem many are seeking property tax increases which require local voter approval. The number of these referendum votes are increasing across the state and many are passing. Voters apparently want their local schools ...

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SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN

Gov. Walker signed into law his school safety plan. The plan gives $100 million to keep schools safe. The plan offers competitive grants to all school districts for security improvements to school building and staff training. His plan does not include any mention of gun safety. This plan offers a one-time, limited pot of money for building security.What does the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association think of this proposal?Here are recommendations from the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. “Do not arm teachers. We believe more harm than good would come ...

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PIONEERS IN THE SCHOOL PANTRY MOVEMENT

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Students and Staff at D. C. Everest High School are Pioneers in the School Pantry Movement. Food is a basic human need and Everest High School is finding ways to support students who face food insecurity.Dr. Todd Bohm, the assistant principal, and Erin Jacobson, the high school social worker, agreed to an interview about the food and clothing pantry that was started in 2016 after seeing the needs of many students. Dr. Bohm wanted a convenient way for students and families to access food and clothing without the barriers.I. The pantries are accessible to ...

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PIONEERS IN THE SCHOOL PANTRY MOVEMENT

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Students and Staff at D. C. Everest High School are Pioneers in the School Pantry Movement. Food is a basic human need and Everest High School is finding ways to support students who face food insecurity.Dr. Todd Bohm, the assistant principal, and Erin Jacobson, the high school social worker, agreed to an interview about the food and clothing pantry that was started in 2016 after seeing the needs of many students. Dr. Bohm wanted a convenient way for students and families to access food and clothing without the barriers.I. The pantries are accessible to students ...

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THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT PRIVATE SCHOOL FUNDING

In the last few weeks school boards in Janesville, Rhinelander, Green Bay and Wisconsin Rapids passed resolutions stipulating that the public has a right to know how much state aid for public schools is being sent to subsidize private education. I encourage you to work with school boards in your area to further these efforts.In addition to asking school boards to pass their own resolutions, we can encourage school board members to support a WASB resolution--that will be introduced Jan. 17th at their state convention--that calls for reporting on local tax bills the ...

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POINTS TO CONSIDER ABOUT STATEWIDE VOUCHER FUNDING

By WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council)Some observers suggest that because school districts can increase the levy on local taxpayers to offset losses in state aid that go to voucher schools, there is no need to make the public aware of these transactions.There are, however, several important points to consider about the funding.The public has a right to know where its tax dollars are going. Without transparency, there can be no accountability for how dollars are being spent, or for the organizations that are receiving subsidies.School district ...

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