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Special education enrollment trends upward

Special education enrollment trends upward | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The number of students receiving special education in the nation’s public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report. There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2 percent of all students. That’s up from 6.6 million the year prior."

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Voters say they are more likely to cast ballots in this year’s midterm elections

Voters say they are more likely to cast ballots in this year’s midterm elections | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Three weeks before critical midterm elections, voters are expressing significantly more interest in turning out than they were four years ago, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Enthusiasm is up across almost all demographic groups, but the increases are greater among younger adults, nonwhite voters and those who say they favor Democrats for the House."

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Tony Evers proposes cutting middle class taxes 10 percent

Tony Evers proposes cutting middle class taxes 10 percent | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tony Evers is proposing a 10 percent tax cut for low- and middle-income taxpayers, saying it’s part of a plan to give them tax breaks instead of corporations and the wealthy."

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The 10 governor’s seats most likely to flip parties in November (Yes, Wisconsin is one of them)

The 10 governor’s seats most likely to flip parties in November (Yes, Wisconsin is one of them) | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"One of the hardest things to do in politics is knock off a sitting governor, especially one as well-established as Scott Walker (R), who is going for a third term. But recent public and private polling show his Democratic challenger, Tony Evers, has a good chance. Democrats won some big special and statewide elections this year. Will the small slice of truly independent voters in Wisconsin tire of Republican control and want a change, or do they stick with the governor they’ve had since 2011?"

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High student mobility can harm academic achievement

High student mobility can harm academic achievement | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Most students who often switch schools are poor, and their disruptive movements can harm their own academic progress as well as the growth of their peers who stay put in high-churn schools."

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New Marquette poll finds Scott Walker, Tony Evers in statistical tie in governor's race

New Marquette poll finds Scott Walker, Tony Evers in statistical tie in governor's race | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

The poll found Walker getting 47 percent support, 46 percent for Evers and 5 percent for Libertarian Phil Anderson, all among likely voters. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tammy Baldwin leads Republican Leah Vukmir, 53 percent to 43 percent. 

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EpiPen shortage keeping some kids out of school

EpiPen shortage keeping some kids out of school | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of the lifesaving device and parents are scrambling to find them because some schools won't let kids with allergies in the classroom if they don't have one. This affects as many as two students in every classroom in the U.S."

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Gallup survey finds falling confidence in higher education

Gallup survey finds falling confidence in higher education | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it
Gallup finds unusually large drop -- primarily but not exclusively among Republicans -- between 2015 and 2018.
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Election excitement, activism is high among educators in Wisconsin and throughout the nation

Election excitement, activism is high among educators in Wisconsin and throughout the nation | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

Wisconsin is part of a movement following the educator-driven #RedForEd effort that has created a surge in political activism in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and North Dakota, according to an article on EducationVotes.org. The article quotes WEAC President Ron Martin, who observes that educators are getting out the vote “with an unprecedented level of engagement.” … “It’s an excitement that is new and different, even surpassing our activism in recent governor and recall elections,” Martin says.

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We need new strategies to combat the nation's teacher shortage

We need new strategies to combat the nation's teacher shortage | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Teacher shortages have really become an increasing problem since the Great Recession," says Daniel Espinoza, one of the authors of the LPI report. "Jurisdictions reduced teacher workforces at that time and, since then, a collection of factors — low teacher salaries, challenging working conditions — have been driving many people out of the profession and dissuading people from joining."

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Students, state, schools have role in debt crisis

Students, state, schools have role in debt crisis | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Part of the reason for increased student debt is that the state is funding public universities at lower levels, UW-Green Bay student Dylan Tritt said during a Degrees of Debt campus rally at UW-Green Bay. In the past, the state funded up to two-thirds of college budgets. Today, tuition covers about 58 percent of costs and the state funds about 42 percent, he said."

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U.S. student loan debt reaches a staggering $1.53 trillion.

U.S. student loan debt reaches a staggering $1.53 trillion. | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

“Millennials are shouldering most of the ballooning student loan debt, which has risen 130 percent since 2008,” NeighborWorks said. “Women carry nearly two-thirds of the total, or almost $900 billion.”

 

Fifty-seven percent of young adults said they felt burdened by their student loans. More than one in three respondents said they had delayed buying a home because of their debt or they know someone who has done so, according to the survey.

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Even in #MeToo era, educators still aren't sharing their stories

Even in #MeToo era, educators still aren't sharing their stories | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The controversial hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the sexual assault allegations against him, are forcing teachers to grapple with how to handle these conversations in their classrooms, as well as how to deal with their own stories of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace."

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New survey shows a majority of U.S. teens experience cyberbullying

New survey shows a majority of U.S. teens experience cyberbullying | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A new Pew survey reveals that a majority of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying. According to the survey, 59 percent of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one of six types of abusive online behaviors, which include: offensive name-calling; physical threats; spreading of false rumors; having explicit images of them shared without their consent; receiving explicit images they didn’t ask for; or having someone other than a parent constantly ask where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing.

 

"While bullying has always been one of the casual cruelties of adolescence, the ubiquity of smartphones and social media in an era where 45 percent of teens say they’re online 'almost constantly' has only made the phenomena more inescapable."

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Democratic senators call for investigation into virtual charter schools

Democratic senators call for investigation into virtual charter schools | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Senators say they have questions about student performance and fiscal transparency in the online school systems."

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Why are teachers in Europe paid so much better than those in the United States?

Why are teachers in Europe paid so much better than those in the United States? | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Education funding is shaping up to become a key issue ahead of the midterm elections."

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Milwaukee Public Schools name Dr. Keith Posley as new superintendent

Milwaukee Public Schools name Dr. Keith Posley as new superintendent | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Milwaukee Public Schools have hired Dr. Keith Posley as the new superintendent of Wisconsin's largest school district. Posley has been serving as the interim superintendent since May of this year. He was unanimously voted by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors to take on the role permanently on October 9."

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Today's college students aren't who you think they are

Today's college students aren't who you think they are | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"College students aren't what they used to be. Here's a snapshot of the 17 million Americans enrolled in undergraduate higher education, according to numbers culled by the National Center for Education Statistics:

  • 1 in 5 is at least 30 years old
  • About half are financially independent from their parents
  • 1 in 4 is caring for a child
  • 47 percent go to school part time at some point
  • A quarter take a year off before starting school
  • 2 out of 5 attend a two-year community college
  • 44 percent have parents who never completed a bachelor's degree."
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Morale ‘extremely bad and sinking’ at DOJ, say ex- and current employees, citing management, partisanship and pay

Morale ‘extremely bad and sinking’ at DOJ, say ex- and current employees, citing management, partisanship and pay | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Bill Gansner, who served as a former assistant attorney general for several decades and retired from the department a year after Schimel took office, said Schimel’s management has 'damaged the reputation of the department' and that the state Department of Justice is no longer seen as a place where young attorneys can come and grow, being allowed to exercise their professional legal judgment over political considerations."

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What can the US learn from international early childhood education?

What can the US learn from international early childhood education? | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

“For many countries, investments in young children are the mark of prudent thinking and wise resource allocation,” Kagan writes, “often approaching the top of the list of requisite investments.” Not so in the U.S., where both per child spending and total pre-primary enrollment lag far behind other well-to-do nations.

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With record referendum spending possible in 2018, regulatory fight brewing

With record referendum spending possible in 2018, regulatory fight brewing | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The prospect that school referendums could set a record this year has irked Wisconsin Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, who has promised to again pursue legislation that would curtail the use of school referendums."

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How educators and parents could expel Scott Walker from office

How educators and parents could expel Scott Walker from office | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

This new article from Mother Jones expertly summarizes the race for Wisconsin governor, pitting pro-public education candidate Tony Evers against Scott Walker, who began his term in 2011 by attacking and undermining the state’s public employees, including teachers and education support professionals, and then followed up with massive cuts to Wisconsin’s public schools.

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Wausau schools set transgender rules, for now

Wausau schools set transgender rules, for now | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Transgender students in the Wausau School District can use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice and play on intramural sports teams of the gender with which they identify. The Wausau School Board this week tweaked district rules pertaining to transgender students, keeping a provision that requires staff members to talk with a student about his or her transgender status before discussing the issue with parents."

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These numbers show why 2018 was the year teachers got mad 

These numbers show why 2018 was the year teachers got mad  | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In 2018, teachers in West Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma led demonstrations, walkouts, and strikes to protest the sorry state of education in their states—including low teacher pay, shrinking budgets, and overcrowded classrooms. The movement may be a sign that even in red states, slashing taxes and budgets no longer makes the grade. And it could cost Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker his job."

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Scott Walker, once dominant in Wisconsin, looks vulnerable

Scott Walker, once dominant in Wisconsin, looks vulnerable | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"No poll has put Mr Walker ahead for months. Democrats are energized by a national anti-Trump mood and because of their victories in state special elections. Mr Walker has said repeatedly that he is 'at risk', 'an underdog' and that his party could face a 'blue wave'. Wisconsin’s Republicans are wary. Polls suggest Tammy Baldwin, a progressive, openly gay senator who was once a Republican target, will be re-elected. A spirited contest is going on in a once super-safe Republican congressional seat vacated by Paul Ryan."

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America has changed its tune on teachers

America has changed its tune on teachers | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"After years of being blamed for the problems in schools, teachers are now being held up as victims of a broken system. How did the pendulum swing so quickly?"

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