More Letters to Legislators/Parents and Staff

By John Forester | June 25, 2015

Check out these letters from Brandon Robinson, superintendent of the Unity school district and Chris VanderHeyden, superintendent of the Menasha Joint school district.

Unity Letter to Senator Harsdorf

Menasha Joint Letter to Staff and Parents

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Seymour Letter To The JFC

By John Forester | June 24, 2015

Here is the letter that Pete Ross, superintendent of the Seymour school district sent to the Joint Finance Committee members.

Great job Pete!

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Holmen School Board Members Speak Out

By John Forester | June 22, 2015

Check out this letter to the editor from Holmen School Board members posted yesterday by the La Crosse Tribune.  The letter takes issue with a letter from Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) that was posted by the paper on June 15th.

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AWSA Produces New “Scientific Method” Video

By John Forester | June 18, 2015

I want to take this opportunity to share with you the end of year message that AWSA Executive Director Jim Lynch forwarded to the AWSA membership.  It focuses on Wisconsin’s current political climate and AWSA’s new “scientific method” video which focuses on the impact of voucher expansion on Wisconsin public schools.  Good stuff, Jim!

Dear AWSA Member,

I am writing you to address Wisconsin’s current political climate and what we can do to positively impact this environment, both today and in the future.

Today: The Legislature is preparing to act on the Joint Finance Committee’s education package as part of the State Budget Bill. If you have not already done so, please contact your representative and senator with regard to the five key issues outlined by the School Administrators Alliance Legislative Alert.

In addition, please share this video with a friend, family member or community member that you know who values education and invite them to contact their representative/senator.  The video highlights that taking money from public schools to expand statewide vouchers does not add up for kids.

Tomorrow: I believe that the trend of Legislation that is detrimental to public education is going to be reversed in the coming years.

This may seem to be a naïve statement coming at the tail end of a budget process in which state elected officials have proposed a series of provisions that would undermine public education.  However, this trend is going to change if educators engage community leaders about the impact of state policy on their local schools.  When I see the work of engaged parents in Wauwatosa, Sun Prairie or Appleton, I see a future where this level of engagement is the norm.  When it becomes the norm, the pressure to support evidence-based state educational policy will be too strong for any Legislator to ignore.

Next year, AWSA and the SAA will begin our second-year of a long-term strategy to foster local advocacy in every school district. I encourage you to be an active member of your district’s leadership team in carrying out this important work.  William Shakespeare wrote that it is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves. Reversing the trend of state policy that undermines educational opportunities will not be done without engaging our communities and that work rests in our hands.

Thank you for advocating on behalf of your students!

Sincerely,

Jim

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Letter To Local Media/Community

By John Forester | June 18, 2015

Here is a letter to local media and the community of the Hurley school district from superintendent Chris Patritto.

Great job Chris!

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Special Needs Vouchers and Undermined Teacher Licensure: A Toxic Combination

By John Forester | June 18, 2015

Here is another powerful press release from Stop Special Needs Vouchers.

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Parents of Students With Disabilities: Take Special Needs Vouchers Out of the Budget

By John Forester | June 16, 2015

Check out this powerful column written by parents of students with disabilities and posted by The Cap Times in Madison.

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More Community/Parent Letters

By John Forester | June 16, 2015

Check out these parent/community letters from Tony Klaubauf, superintendent of Denmark and Mark McGuire, superintendent of Rio.  Great job!

Denmark Community Letter

Rio Community Letter

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JFC Budget Wrap-Up Delayed Yet Again

By John Forester | June 16, 2015

From WisPolitics.com . . .

Joint Finance will not meet tomorrow as GOP lawmakers continue to grapple with transportation, public financing for a Milwaukee Bucks arena and other issues, a spokesman for Co-chair Alberta Darling said this morning.

The committee had tentatively planned to meet Wednesday. But instead the committee hopes to meet Thursday or Friday this week, Darling’s spokesman said.

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Evers Writes Letter to Wisconsin Parents

By John Forester | June 12, 2015

State Superintendent Tony Evers has written a letter to Wisconsin parents in which he thanks them for their advocacy on behalf of their kids and their public schools.  He also encourages them to keep pushing the dialogue about the value of public education in our state.  Amen.

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