Education


THE SUMMIT IS AROUND THE CORNER

With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public schools is now. Wisconsin Public Education Network's 3rd Annual Summer Summit is your invitation to come together. Register today and be a part of the public education event of the year. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT LAKE MILLS HIGH SCHOOL 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agenda has something for everyone: from veteran teachers, board members, administrators and ...

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LIBRARIANS DESERVE RETIREMENT SECURITY

I was a librarian for a total of 30 years in Wisconsin and spent the last 23 years working in La Crosse schools. Becoming a librarian was definitely a calling. I enjoyed teaching others to read and appreciate literature, the challenge of research and teaching children to do it, and mastering and teaching the new technologies as they came along. Not everything is easy in this profession. Each day presented a new set of challenges, but when working with children, there is never a dull moment. Librarians often take home low pay, but have the promise of a guaranteed secure ...

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PROTECT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

I believe public schools are the heart of our communities. Taxpayer-funded vouchers are quietly bleeding our public schools of much-needed funding. This school year, vouchers silently skimmed $245 million in taxpayer state aid away from our public schools. School districts are being forced to pay for taxpayer vouchers in their districts. This year Marshfield paid $58,584, Merrill paid $175,752, Stevens Point paid $339,225 and Wausau paid $428,610 for private school tuition. The costs will be higher next year. Eight-five percent of this year’s taxpayer vouchers went ...

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WILL WISCONSIN CHILDREN RECEIVE AN EQUAL EDUCATION?

Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes. Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack of agreement on public education. They say no progress can happen until they round up necessary votes for the education portion of the budget. Privately, some GOP lawmakers are also angling to spend money on a big change to business personal property taxes. However, changes to taxes could take away money promised to schools. Education is the largest part of the general fund budget (the ...

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Youth in Government


THE STATE OF WISCONSIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In his address to the county chairs, Tony Evers (current State Superintendent of Public Schools) had many incisive and wise observations about the state of our state's public schools. He was particularly clear on why sending our tax dollars to private voucher schools is wrong. He pointed out that in the more than 20 years that the private school voucher program has been in effect, all studies show that they perform no better than public schools. And yet that was the reason given for starting them in the first place, to provide a school that would have better results. ...

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IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY

Public education in Wisconsin should provide high quality learning for ALL children no matter who they are or where they live,” Eau Claire School Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle recently told me. Chris and education leaders across the state read with interest details of the Governor’s plan for our next state budget. Governor Walker gave money to a number of new initiatives and reaped the praise of some education leaders. The plan picks and chooses among various proposals advanced over the last few years. Some new programs are funded and some existing programs ...

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A SWORD CUTS BOTH WAYS

For decades, the religious right has gained access to tax dollars by filling a niche in the education system. In addressing an ‘at risk’ population among children, these religious activists have made great strides toward the use of tax dollars for religious instruction. It’s a clever end-run around the law. In Arkansas until 2012, a quietly growing swarm of such preschools illegally utilized millions of tax dollars for programs that began each day with prayer and Bible study. (Which they have never been required to pay back.) Classroom activities included coloring ...

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PRESERVE OUR WISCONSIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS…. DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION

For years, Wisconsin was in the TOP TEN states when it came to spending money on public education. In the past years, Wisconsin has slipped below the median. Yes, sad but true, Wisconsin is in the middle ranking in financial support of public education. It is important to be aware of this and to arm yourself with facts. Call your legislators and let them know you are among the 90 per cent of the public who support our public schools. You can call the legislators on off-hours and put your message on the message machine or you can call during office hours and talk with ...

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TEACHER SHORTAGE IN WISCONSIN

For a long time, teachers have been blamed for the shortcomings of public education. Teachers have been villainized and given many new hoops to jump through. Is it any wonder that a shortage of teachers exists? Some teachers have left Wisconsin for Minnesota. Other teachers have left the profession. College students are choosing careers other than education. Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction in Wisconsin, spoke at the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summit in Wauwatosa about the teacher shortage. Hundreds of Wisconsin supporters of public ...

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