Category Archive: Licensing

Feb 15

Action by WEAC members leads to withdrawal of proposal that threatened teacher rights

Due to the efforts of WEAC members, a proposal to seriously threaten teacher rights won’t move forward, the state education agency announced Thursday. Thousands of WEAC members answered the call to action to provide testimony on proposed changes, which included the licensure system as well as sweeping revisions to teacher discipline procedures. While WEAC collaborated on the system changes to support the goal of easing the teacher shortage, our members determined the discipline changes would push professionals away from teaching. “WEAC members stood up in huge numbers to get involved,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, and it paid off.

Jan 05

Join WEAC to bring teacher voice to proposed license changes

The Department of Public Instruction is proposing major changes to teacher licensing in Wisconsin, and those changes include teacher discipline and teacher rights. You can learn more about these changes – and how you can take action to influence them – during a WEAC Tele-Town Hall phone call on Monday, January 15.

Jan 04

Tell DPI what you think about major proposed changes to teacher licensing rules

The proposed overhaul represents two areas – licensing and teacher rights. While the licensure provisions represent a mixed bag of ideas crafted with input from a council of education stakeholders including WEAC, provisions in the overhaul aimed at limiting teacher rights create sweeping changes to disciplinary action based on arbitrary and questionable judgments.

Sep 28

FAQs: Wisconsin teacher licensure changes

The 2017-19 Wisconsin State Budget makes major changes to teacher licensing in Wisconsin. This document addresses some of the most common questions being asked about these changes.

Sep 22

Governor signs state budget, vetoes provision designed to help low-spending districts

The governor Thursday signed the state budget into law, after using his veto power on several provisions. The budget is a mixed bag for public schools. It represents a 6 percent increase in state funding for K-12 schools – the first public school increase in six years. But it continues the state’s practice of siphoning funds from public schools to subsidize private school tuition and upends teacher licensure rules. Also, the governor vetoed a provision designed to help low-spending districts.

Sep 18

State budget sent to governor is a mixed bag; WEAC advocates for several vetoes

With the governor likely to act soon on a state budget that includes a funding increase at long last for public schools, WEAC members are pleased elected officials have responded to the public’s call to increase funding for public schools. And while educators are welcoming the positive aspects of the budget document, they are also advocating for several vetoes on provisions that do not serve students well.

Sep 12

Teacher Licensure and State Government: An Update

Many new licensing rules are now in effect for the new school year, and there many additional changes proposed within the state budget and through stand-alone legislation. Here’s what you need to know …

Jul 20

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.

Dec 13

7 WEAC members earn new National Board Certification

Seven WEAC members have just joined the ranks of those holding National Board Certification, considered the gold standard in teacher certification. Another 75 Wisconsin educators renewed their national certification this year.

Nov 02

Number of home-schooled children has doubled since 1999

A new report by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that the number of children being home-schooled in the United States has doubled since 1999. As of 2012, the report finds, about 1.8 million children (3.4 percent) were being home-schooled. Most home-schooled students were white (83 percent) and non-poor (89 percent), lived in cities or suburban areas and rural areas.

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