Tag Archive: equity

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 25

Wisconsin has nation’s widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, report says

Wisconsin has the widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, and other children of color face significant disparities as well, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “The message remains … the well being of our white kids is in the top and the well being of our African-American kids is at the bottom,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of Kids Forward, the Wisconsin organization that released the report.

Oct 19

‘This is the time to reassert your support for social justice’

With controversy swirling around white supremacist Richard B. Spencer’s appearance Thursday at the University of Florida, NEA Student Program Chair Ashley Muscarella says this is a good time to reassert your support for social justice, and working through your union is a great way to do it. “As an aspiring educator, I am a proud member of a generation that is willing to stand up against racial inequality, sexual, gender, and religious discrimination as well as ignorance and intolerance,” she writes.

Aug 14

NEA, VEA condemn ‘hate-filled bigots’ behind tragedy in Charlottesville

WEAC is sharing this statement that was released by the National Education Association and the Virginia Education Association late Monday afternoon. They are reacting to three deaths during a racist rally organized over the weekend by white supremacists, neo Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan. One young woman standing up against hate and for peace and tolerance was killed when a car was driven into the crowd of counter-protesters. In addition, 19 others were injured, some severely, in this detestable act of domestic terrorism. Two police officers also died in a helicopter cash during the event.

May 24

NEA’s Eskelsen García says DeVos is ‘throwing students under the bus’

In testimony before Congress Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she would deny federal funding of private schools that discriminate against students. That, and other responses from DeVos to questioning by members of a House appropriations committee during a review of the Trump administration’s education budget proposal, prompted NEA President Lily Eskelsen García to tweet that DeVos was “throwing students under the bus.” Eskelsen García tweeted that DeVos is still unqualified and still using alternative facts. “We should invest in what makes schools great, the things that build curiosity and instill a love of learning,” she tweeted.

Apr 24

Educators’ Network for Social Justice 10th Annual Teaching Conference is Saturday, April 29

The Educators’ Network for Social Justice Conference is being held Saturday, April 29, at the Indian Community School in Franklin, Wisconsin. Workshops are facilitated by socially conscious educators and community members with a passion for their work and cover a wide range of social justice topics. Keynote Speaker, Patty Loew, is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and affiliated with American Indian Studies, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Human Ecology Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.

Dec 19

Join the national Women’s March on Washington

WEAC and Madison Teachers Inc. are partnering to sponsor bus transportation to Washington, D.C. on January 20-22 as a way for members to take part in the Women’s March on Washington. Our efforts are part of a national movement to stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, safety, health and families.

Dec 14

Report says Wisconsin ranks ‘very poorly’ for Head Start program

Wisconsin is one of 18 states that rank “very poorly” for instructional support in the federal Head Start program for children in poverty, according to a report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Head Start, the report says, varies dramatically from state to state in funding, classroom hours, teacher qualifications and compensation, observed quality, and enrollment.

Nov 30

‘Public schools are our hope for democracy’

“Our nation’s economic prosperity and democracy depend on strong public schools,” says Appleton resident Carol Lenz, a member of Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education. In a letter published by USA Today Network-Wisconsin and the Appleton Post-Crescent, Lenz says the movement toward privatization “undermines democratically-elected school boards. It curtails local control and public oversight of public dollars. More importantly, it creates winners and losers. It destroys community schools while promoting segregation, contributing to social disunity and inequality.”

Sep 15

Evers calls for treating educators with respect ‘and paying them as professionals’

WEAC President Ron Martin praised State Superintendent Tony Evers’ State of Education address Thursday, saying he is “spot-on in his call for unity around our neighborhood public schools to support diversity, community involvement and educator respect.” But, Martin added, “success depends on a combined commitment to our students, and that requires state lawmakers to do their part by funding our schools so students have opportunities and educators can afford to stay in the profession.”

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