New film Citizen Koch exposes the money behind right-wing politics

A new film called Citizen Koch breaks down the politically motivated maneuvering behind the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, and the mainstreaming of extreme right-wing politics that followed. It tells the stories of lifelong Republicans forced to choose sides when the Tea Party takes root in Wisconsin, and it shows just how far the billionaire Koch brothers […]

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NEA President: California ruling allows corporate interests to trump students’ needs

Deeply flawed verdict goes against research proven to enhance teacher effectiveness  A California Superior Court judge today sided with Silicon Valley multimillionaire David Welch and his ultra-rich cronies in the meritless lawsuit of Vergara v. State of California. The lawsuit was brought by deep-pocketed corporate special interests intent on driving a corporate agenda geared toward […]

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Should STEM be updated to STREAM?

In a blog on HuffingtonPost.com, Pennsylvania elementary school principal Rob Furman says we must update our emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include reading and arts and transform the popular acronym to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math). Acknowledging that efforts already have been made to add arts to the STEM […]

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Summer activities you can do to help your students, schools in the fall elections

One of the key messages in this article from EducationVotes.org is to stay politically informed, connected and active this summer as foundations are laid for the November 4 election. In Wisconsin, it is especially important because the November election will have an enormous impact on the future of public education, the future of our students, […]

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Rep. Fred Clark: It’s time to take a stand for rural schools

In this column, State Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) writes that Wisconsin is poised to lose a growing number of its rural schools unless our Legislature reverses course. “In the face of declining enrollment and huge cuts in revenue, rural schools are cutting programs, stretching staff with heavier workloads, closing schools, and surviving on referendums year […]

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