Summer Leadership Academy participants urged to ‘be relentless’

“Be relentless; never give up.” That’s what NEA Executive Committee member Earl Wiman told participants this week at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, where dozens of members gathered for inspiration and guidance in supporting public education and children. “Push farther and do more than you’ve ever done before,” Wiman said in a keynote presentation in which he emphasized that public education is about helping all children succeed, no matter their zip code.

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The union helps give educators ‘a voice in what matters to students,’ WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen says

Educators know best what students need in the classroom, and WEAC helps give those educators “a voice in what matters to our students,” WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen said Monday in an address at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy. Educators from throughout the state gather annually at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy for training how to lead the profession and strengthen public education to benefit students. This year’s Academy is at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Legislative Update – July 20

More on the Senate Republicans’ budget proposal unveiled earlier this week has been unpacked, including provisions that would impact voucher schools. The Senate proposal does not include the governor’s idea to move to lifetime licenses for teachers and administrators, but instead calls on the DPI to ease the process in a few ways. The Senate proposal also increases the score needed on a civics exam to graduate and changes parameters of Teach for America grants.

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Legislative Update – July 18

Senate Republicans today released their own budget proposal. In it, the Senate GOP includes all actions taken by the Joint Finance Committee mid-June, along with some areas of K-12 funding that have been agreed upon by the Senate and Assembly. Senate leadership is hoping the plan will prompt Assembly Republicans to engage on the outstanding issues holding up the budget, and that the finance committee would move swiftly to move a budget through.

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Many teachers struggling with low pay and high student debt, survey finds

In addition to being underpaid, many teachers are struggling to pay off hefty student loans, leaving them feeling overloaded and trapped, according to results of a new survey by NPR Ed. On a scale of 1 to 5, with five being “terrified” 28% of respondents said they were indeed “terrified,” while another 24% selected “4”, meaning a majority of teachers surveyed were either “terrified” or just shy of being “terrified.”

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