Fewer, less experienced teachers hinder Wisconsin public schools, new analysis finds

Wisconsin public schools face significant hurdles in continuing to provide high-quality education, according to a new Wisconsin Budget Project analysis of school trends. A long-term reduction in resources, increased student-teacher ratios, and fewer experienced teachers are at the forefront of these challenges.

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Pardeeville school officials tell legislators their policies are negatively impacting children

Pardeeville School District officials confronted their Republican state legislators this week with the harsh realities of their education policies. “The cuts to co-curricular, the cuts to education, classroom teachers — we have no other place to go,” Superintendent Gus Knitt said during a slide presentation for State Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, and Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi.

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John Kasich: Abolish all teachers’ lounges

There were a lot of ill-informed and insulting things said Wednesday at the “Education Summit” held by some of the Republican presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Act 10 – which eliminated collective bargaining for teachers and has led to a mass exodus of teachers from Wisconsin public schools – “lifted a weight” from schools. Then Ohio Governor John Kasich competed for the most ridiculous statement by saying he would eliminate teacher lounges.

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Rep. Pope seeks your input on urban education issues

State Representative Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), Vice Chair of the newly created Urban Education Task Force, is seeking the input of educators with expertise and interest in urban education. The task force plans to take up its work in September, with meetings to be held in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and Kenosha/Racine.

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Walker puts personal political ambitions ahead of Wisconsin students

Governor Walker is putting his personal political ambitions ahead of Wisconsin’s children, WEAC President Betsy Kippers said Monday after Walker signed a 2015-17 state budget that undermines public education and then launched his bid for the presidency. The $73.3 billion budget will result in school staff layoffs, program eliminations and fewer opportunities for students. At the same time, it siphons funding from neighborhood public schools and pays back school-privatizing campaign donors with tax vouchers for private school tuition.

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