Tag Archive: social justice

Aug 23

WEAC supports mandatory reporting by educators of suspected human trafficking

In a letter to State Superintendent Tony Evers, WEAC President Ron Martin on Thursday said WEAC supports adding “any form of human trafficking” to requirements for mandatory reporting by education employees. “As we work to combat and eradicate sex trafficking, WEAC believes we should also be working to combat any form of human trafficking,” Martin wrote. “Because of that, WEAC supports requiring education employees to report suspected illegal trade of people for commercial gain – both through sexual exploitation and forced labor.”

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.

Nov 07

Eau Claire students, teacher win School Board victory for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Thanks to three determined students at Northstar Middle School, the Eau Claire Area School Board has unanimously passed a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and EducationVotes.org has publicized the action nationally. “From a teacher’s perspective it was really fun to watch the students collaborate, and they were able to give each other ideas,” said Eau Claire Association of Educators and WEAC member Amy Carlson Sather, the student’s seventh grade social sciences teacher. The students involved in the effort are Miinan White, an eighth grader at Northstar Middle and a member of both the Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk tribes, and her classmates Emma Heck and Cailey Stolt.

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 15

Resources for talking to students about Charlottesville and racism

As educators and students return to the classroom for a new school year, the troubling and tragic events that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, are on the minds of many. And for many students, the events hit home, stoking emotions that include confusion, anxiety and fear. Students are grappling to understand racism and hate in our country and the role of neo Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. We have gathered several resources for helping educators frame these issues as they talk to students both in and outside the classroom.

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.

Apr 18

Kenosha educators examine ways to keep classrooms safe and inclusive

The Kenosha Education Association is always looking for ways to provide opportunities to both educators and students that make them feel appreciated for who they are and prepared to take on challenges they face in and outside of the classroom. With a sudden increase of bullying incidents at some of the schools, KEA recognized there was a need to educate its members about how to keep their classrooms a safe and inclusive space for their students. As a result, KEA collaborated with GSAFE Wisconsin, an organization whose mission is to create just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin, to host an exclusive, members only workshop to help attendees learn how to navigate an oftentimes sensitive topic.

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