Tag Archive: public schools

Nov 08

7 out of 10 school referendums pass

Voters on Tuesday approved seven out of 10 school referendums throughout Wisconsin. Referendums were approved in Barneveld (2), Cochrane-Fountain City, Florence, Princeton, Three Lakes and Union Grove. Referendums lost in Freedom (2) and Milton.

Nov 07

NEA President says tax plan is giveaway to wealthiest funded on backs of students and working families

The tax plan released by House Republican leaders and backed by President Trump is a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest individuals and corporations funded on the backs of students and working families, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said. The plan expands an education tax loophole that would further benefit the wealthy and allow them to set aside money for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class. It also eliminates the educator tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250.

Oct 05

Expansion of unproven, unaccountable private school vouchers harms public schools and raises taxes, analysis finds

School voucher programs – including the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) – divert much-needed funding away from public schools when they are expanded, according to a new policy memo by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) with funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. In response to the report, WEAC President Ron Martin said, “If policymakers are really interested in improving education, they should invest in the public schools that serve all students.”

Oct 04

Americans’ confidence in public schools is growing

According to the recent PDK International survey, the percentage of Americans who give their community’s public schools an ‘A’ is at its highest in more than 40 years of PDK polling. Sixty-two percent of public school parents give public schools in their own communities an A or B grade (The percentage dips to 45% with nonparents). When parents grade their own child’s school, grades improve even more, to 71%.

Aug 03

New tax break for big-box stores could drain more money from public schools

An article published in Education Week examines how big-box stores are using “dark store theory” to reduce their property tax payments, and how that is threatening to drain more resource from our public schools. The trend – in which companies claim their stores should be assessed as if they were vacant – has become pronounced in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. The article cites the example of the impact of a Menards lawsuit on the Howard-Suamico School District north of Green Bay.

Feb 14

Educators, parents express their love for public schools on Valentine’s Day

Educators and parents throughout the state celebrated Valentine’s Day Tuesday by expressing their love and support for public schools. WEAC President Ron Martin and Secretary-Treasurer Arlene Braden joined educators at Madison LaFollette High School at the start of the school day, and WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen celebrated with educators at Lodi High School.

Feb 10

I Love My Public Schools Week of Action

February 13-17, which includes Valentine’s Day, is a great time to advocate for our great public schools. The Wisconsin Public Education Network is asking you to participate in any of a wide variety of activities to show your teachers, community, elected officials and decision makers why you love your public school! This could involve anything from delivering Valentine’s to your children’s teachers, contacting your legislators, sponsoring a walk in your community, or using social media to share messages of support for public education.

Feb 06

The ‘I Love My Public School’ Week of Action is February 13-17

February 13-17, which includes Valentine’s Day, is a great time to advocate for our great public schools. The Wisconsin Public Education Network is asking you to participate in any of a wide variety of activities to show your teachers, community, elected officials and decision makers why you love your public school! This could involve anything from delivering Valentine’s to your children’s teachers, contacting your legislators, sponsoring a walk in your community, or using social media to share messages of support for public education.

Jan 11

Eskelsen García helps U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan launch Public Education Caucus

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and other public education supporters Tuesday to announce the launch of a Congressional Public Education Caucus to support the goals of public education under Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. “Making large political contributions to Donald Trump and countless other politicians and organizations aimed at dismantling public education does not count as a qualification for the position of the head of the Department of Education,” Pocan said. “Betsy DeVos is a danger to students, especially our most vulnerable students,” Eskelsen García said.

Jan 03

NEA to new Congress: Now is time to renew commitment to public education

The National Education Association and its 3 million members are urging the 115th U.S. Congress to renew its commitment to students and public education, to govern by putting families ahead of partisan politics, and to resist the temptation to undermine the American vision of public education. “We also challenge Congress to take a bold stand against efforts by ideologues, corporations, billionaires and hedge fund managers to undermine and privatize public education and harm our students,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said in a statement.