WEAC Region 6 member Nick Meinel says Whitewater school closed the achievement gap by believing in its students

Thanks to the efforts of educators like WEAC Region 6 member Nick Meinel, Washington Elementary School in Whitewater has made huge strides in closing the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students, one of the ongoing goals of public education. The school motivates students, Meinel says, “by making this their positive place … by letting them know that no matter what happens here, we still believe in them. We still care.”

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Legislative Update and Action Alerts – May 19

This week’s Legislative Update includes Action Alerts to contact your elected officials and ask them to support full funding of public education over private charters and voucher schools, and to protect the Wisconsin Retirement System from unnecessary changes. Other topics include special education funding, school board candidate signatures and campus speech.

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San Diego schools combat rising Islamophobia

Responding to a rising number of bullying incidents directed at Muslim students, the San Diego Unified School District is adopting a multi-tiered approach to combatting Islamophobia. According to the Los Angeles Times, elements of the plan include: administrators and teachers will have calendars showing Islamic holidays, students will learn more about the religion in social studies classes; and safe places will be created on campuses for Muslim students.

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Trump’s plan to slash federal education funding is ‘reckless and wrong for students,’ NEA says

Responding to reports that the Trump administration plans to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García called President Trump’s priorities “reckless and wrong for students and working families.” According to the Washington Post, the cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, including “$1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”

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