AEF, WiRSA Release Video

By John Forester | June 11, 2015

The following link is a video that has been sponsored by the Association for Equity in Funding (AEF) and the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) in response to the growing problems facing public education in Wisconsin.

https://youtu.be/LH1k7C3E2l8.

The AEF has also funded a study done by the Wisconsin’s Forward Institute looking into the growing disparity in the funding of the three special populations of students that were specifically identified in the Vincent vs. Voight lawsuit.  The study and the results of that study can be found on the AEF website at www.waef.net.

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Public School Backers Step Up Advocacy Efforts

By John Forester | June 11, 2015

​Erin Richards writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:​

“Public school advocates across Wisconsin are ramping up their opposition to a slate of GOP-led K-12 fiscal and policy changes in the state budget proposal, as the clock winds down on budget activity this month.

But so far GOP leaders have signaled wiggle room only on a broad and contentious proposal to drop many teacher licensing requirements — not on any other controversial items inserted in the budget by Republican lawmakers in charge of the Legislature.”

The SAA’s John Forester is quoted regarding the superintendent’s role in advocacy.  Check out the rest of the article here.

 

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SAA/WASB Letter on Teacher Licensure

By John Forester | June 10, 2015

The SAA and WASB have submitted to Republican legislative leadership a letter requesting that language in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) K-12 education omnibus motion relating to educator licensure be removed from the state budget proposal.

See the letter here.

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More Parent/Community Letters

By John Forester | June 10, 2015

Wauwatosa superintendent Phil Ertl and the Wauwatosa school board sent this letter to the community.

West Salem superintendent Troy Gunderson provides information to his community via their school newsletter.

De Soto superintendent James Kuchta’s statements at the CESA 4 press conference yesterday.

 

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SAA/WASB Letter on Contract Renewal Provisions

By John Forester | June 9, 2015

The SAA and WASB have submitted to Republican legislative leadership a letter requesting that language in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) K-12 education omnibus motion relating to timelines for contract renewal/non-renewal for teachers and administrators be removed.

See the letter here.

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Letter to Parents/Community and Letter to Editor

By John Forester | June 9, 2015

Check out this letter to the parents and community of the Stevens Point Area School District and this letter to the editor from the Sevastopol district.

 

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Educators Speak Out Against K-12 Budget Proposals

By John Forester | June 9, 2015

​Check out the news coverage from the Jefferson County Daily Union on Friday’s news conference in Milton.

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Superintendents To Hold News Conference at CESA 4

By John Forester | June 8, 2015

Superintendents from across western Wisconsin will hold a news conference at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9th at CESA 4 to express their dissatisfaction with the Joint Finance Committee education budget.

See their media advisory and the joint letter to the community that will distributed.

 

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Tosa Parents Plan Rally at Sen. Vukmir Event Monday Night

By John Forester | June 8, 2015

Wauwatosa parent group has planned a rally at Senator Vukmir’s listening session in Wauwatosa tonight.  The media advisory for the event is pasted below:

June 5, 2015, WAUWATOSA – Moms and dads from Wauwatosa, the home of Gov. Scott Walker, will rally together on Monday, June 8 at 7 pm at the Wauwatosa Public Library at a listening event hosted by Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa, and Joint Finance Committee member) to voice their disapproval and disbelief about public school funding and policy passed by the state’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC).

Specifically, the group plans to send an “SOS” about the JFC’s plan to give billions in extra taxpayer funding for private schools without increasing funding for Wisconsin public schools.

Additionally, SOS Wauwatosa plans to share its concerns about the funding model for voucher schools, which takes taxpayer funding away from public schools and gives it to private, often-religious schools.

“The legislature is siphoning billions – that’s billions with a ‘b’ – of taxpayer dollars away from our kids’ classrooms and sending it to private schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers,” said Mary Young, SOS Wauwatosa President. “This is the last chance and best moment for parents to ask Sen. Vukmir and Gov. Scott Walker to fully-fund our public schools, not private schools.”

WHAT/WHO: SOS Wauwatosa parents to rally at Sen. Vukmir listening event

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 7 pm

WHERE: Wauwatosa Public Library (corner of Wauwatosa Ave and North Ave)

WHY: Fighting against increased funding for private voucher schools instead of Wisconsin’s public schools

VISUALS: Moms, dads, grandparents and kids in SOS shirts with signs advocating to Sen. Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)

RSVP and LEARN MORE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/493476997468151/

Or on the web: https://soswauwatosa.wordpress.com

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South Milwaukee Board Resolutions

By John Forester | June 5, 2015

Here are two board resolutions that were passed in the school district of South Milwaukee:

South Milwaukee Resolution 15-3 – Opposition to Vouchers

South Milwaukee Resolution 15-4 – Revenue Limit Per Pupil

 

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