State Superintendent Stanford Taylor asks districts to review graduation policies as they relate to American Indian traditions

As the school year winds down and graduation ceremonies take place, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has sent a reminder to Wisconsin school superintendents to review their policies regarding American Indian ceremonial traditions. “Throughout Wisconsin, many school districts already recognize the importance of American Indian students wearing eagle feathers, traditional regalia, and other items,” Stanford Taylor wrote, noting that many school districts addressed their policies in 2017 after the Department of Public Instruction asked them to connect with sovereign tribal nations and discuss with tribal leaders ways to recognize and honor tribal traditions and practices. In the past, some school districts have prohibited students from wearing items of religious and cultural significance at graduation ceremonies and school-sponsored events.

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Baraboo educators send strong message: There is no room for hate

WEAC Region 5’s Baraboo Education Association members knew they wanted to send a strong message after a widely criticized photo of students who appeared to make a Nazi salute went viral in November. The BEA Executive Board sprang into action, promoting a “No Room for Hate” T-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, the first of many groups to condemn the photo.

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NEA applauds Supreme Court’s ruling on diversity

“When it comes to public education — whether it’s preschool or graduate school — racial classifications continue to carry great weight,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “If we’re serious about ensuring every child has access to a great public school, no matter his or her ZIP code, then we must uphold diversity programs because there is no question that they serve a compelling state interest.”

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NEA grant will increase Beloit’s staff diversity

The Nation Education Association has awarded a $5,000 grant to WEAC Region 6, the Beloit Education Association and the Beloit Secretaries Union to support a scholarship program that will help diversity the teaching and education support professional staff in Beloit schools. “I’m proud that my union is addressing this need for students and the community in Beloit,” said BEA President Tim Vedra.

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