Education


COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PART II

III. Strategies for Community Schools A. “A strong and proven curriculum, engaging students with culturally relevant and challenging material, and offering a robust selection of classes, AP and honors courses, as well as after-school programs in the arts, languages, and ethnic studies, ELL, Special Ed, GED preparation, and job training.”The curriculum in Community Schools emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving skills. These opportunities would be provided by partners in the community--environmental groups, businesses, community gardens, ...

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COMMUNITY SCHOOLS – PART I

Senator Chris Larson and Representative Mandela Barnes both from Milwaukee unveiled the Community Schools Act on April, 15, 2015.“The aim of the legislation is to provide start-up funding for community schools, which are defined by their focus on improving student learning, strengthening families, and developing healthier communities. To accomplish these goals, the community school model synthesizes academic, health, and social services with community partner collaboration to provide additional services to the greater surrounding communities.”Senator Chris Larson ...

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WISCONSIN TAXPAYERS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 286 public school referendums have been passed (out of 421 districts that went to referendum) since January 1, 2010. This means people in these districts have voted to raise their property taxes because of the cuts to education under the Walker Administration. (I spoke to Tom McCarthy at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on 9/24/2018.)On April 3, 2018, voters in the D.C. Everest School District overwhelmingly passed a referendum to update the buildings along with other necessary improvements ...

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CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR SPEAK FOR EDUCATION

WSAA (Wisconsin State Administrators Alliance) has asked both candidates Tony Evers and Scott Walker to answer these questions for education in Wisconsin.Scott Walker has not responded.Tony Evers has given the following answers:You can read the entire interview at this link:http://www.wsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Evers-Answers-2.pdf1. What is your motivation to be Wisconsin’s governor?I’m running for governor because I believe what is best for our kids is best for our state. I love Wisconsin, and I’ve had the privilege of living and ...

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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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