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Report: 2018 sets record for school referendums

Report: 2018 sets record for school referendums | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Voters this year signed off on more than $2 billion in debt and revenue increases for local schools, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum. Residents across the state were asked to approve 157 referendums in 2018, the highest number since 2001. The approval rate was 90 percent, the highest on record."

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Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes plan budget listening tour across Wisconsin

Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes plan budget listening tour across Wisconsin | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The public is invited to offer input on budget priorities for incoming Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes in four cities beginning Tuesday."

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Lame duck session: Gov.-elect Tony Evers urges Scott Walker to veto plans

Lame duck session: Gov.-elect Tony Evers urges Scott Walker to veto plans | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Gov.-elect Tony Evers called on Gov. Scott Walker to veto GOP lame-duck proposals to limit his power Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.' "

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Prominent past supporter of Walker encourages him to veto 'poor loser' legislation

Prominent past supporter of Walker encourages him to veto 'poor loser' legislation | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Prominent Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Lubar — a past Walker supporter — sent Walker an email Tuesday encouraging him to look beyond short-sighted machinations.' He promptly made the email public.

"I ask you not to destroy your reputation and side with Messrs. Vos & Fitzgerald," he wrote. "What they are planning for the Republican Party of Wisconsin will malign its integrity and lead to its downfall. Worse, it will damage Wisconsin as it ignores the will of the majority of Wisconsin voters."

"You can have a long successful career ahead. Don’t stain it by this pointless, poor-loser action."

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Lame-duck session: Early voting limits sow confusion in run up to February election

Lame-duck session: Early voting limits sow confusion in run up to February election | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"This will create an unnecessary hardship for a lot of voters. And I don't think creating unnecessary hardship is consistent with democracy," said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Election Commission for the City of Milwaukee, where almost 10 percent of voters cast in-person absentee ballots in November's midterm elections.

 

Erin Grunze, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, said the move is inconsistent with its position that elections should be "free, fair and accessible to all."

 

"Anytime you reduce access to the polls, it's going to disenfranchise voters," said Grunze. "The league's position is that we shouldn't be curbing early voting. We should be opening it up so all communities can enjoy the larger window."

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Republican lawmakers approve amended lame-duck bills after Capitol all-nighter

Republican lawmakers approve amended lame-duck bills after Capitol all-nighter | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Republican lawmakers, after an all-night push made mostly behind closed doors, passed legislation Wednesday morning diminishing the powers of incoming Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul and curtailing the timeline for early voting.

 

"A Senate amendment to the bill was made public shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday, and senators passed it at about 6 a.m. The vote was 17-16, with Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, the lone GOP 'no' vote and all Democrats opposed.

 

"The Assembly signed off on the scaled back measure by a 56-27 vote roughly two hours later. The bills now head to Gov. Scott Walker."

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Educators of color still represent less than 25% of overall teacher workforce

Educators of color still represent less than 25% of overall teacher workforce | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In 1987, about 87% of public school teachers were white, in the 2015-16 school year this number had dropped to just over 80%.  The raw number of teachers of color, Chalkbeat explains, went from 305,000 out of over 2 million teachers to 760,000 out of nearly 4 million. 

 

"As Chalkbeat explains, one can look at this data and highlight the fact that the number of teachers of color increased by 150% in nearly 30 years — which is what the University of Pennsylvania study did —  or they can look at the share of teachers of color and note that the share increased by only 7 percentage points.

 

The bottom line, Chalkbeat points out, is: "The teaching force remains overwhelmingly white, even as about half of the students attending public schools in the U.S. are students of color."

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The Republicans’ post-midterm strategy: Thievery

The Republicans’ post-midterm strategy: Thievery | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In Wisconsin, Republicans in the state legislature, reacting to their party’s loss of both the governorship and attorney general’s post, have introduced a flurry of bills to weaken the power of the incoming Democrats and to deter future Democratic voters. A similar effort is underway in Michigan.

"What the efforts have in common is thievery: the alleged theft of Democratic votes in the North Carolina case and, in the Wisconsin and Michigan power grabs, a more open heist of authority. What Republicans didn’t win at the polls, they would seek to preserve by pilfering."

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers will fight plan to take away his power

Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers will fight plan to take away his power | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The incoming Democratic governor 'will take any steps possible' to prevent Republican lawmakers from removing key powers from his new administration, Gov.-elect Tony Evers said 36 hours before lawmakers plan to hold a hearing on a sweeping plan to weaken his authority."

"I view this as a repudiation of the last election. I will take any steps possible to assure the people of Wisconsin that I will not invalidate those votes," Evers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview Saturday. "And frankly, I'm encouraging citizens across the state of Wisconsin to help me in that effort."

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Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality. - The New York Times

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality. - The New York Times | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"T.M. Landry, a school in small-town Louisiana, has garnered national attention for vaulting its underprivileged black students to elite colleges. But the school cut corners and doctored college applications."

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Michigan Senate votes to scrap school union ‘release time’

Michigan Senate votes to scrap school union ‘release time’ | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Michigan’s Republican-led Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to ban paid 'release time' contract provisions that allow public school employees to conduct union business during their work day. GOP senators rejected amendments from Democrats, who decried the proposal as an attack on organized labor."

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More American children are uninsured despite strong economy

More American children are uninsured despite strong economy | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured children in America has grown. The reversal is unprecedented, particularly given a strong economy in which more people are landing jobs and gaining access to employer health coverage. It also comes at a time when the nation's overall uninsured rate remained flat.

 

"What's behind the increase in the uninsured isn't clear, but Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families, attributes it to the Trump administration and Congress' attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and shrink Medicaid. Also, it took months for Congress to approve long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, forcing several states to tell parents they might have to shutter their programs.
 
"For these families, 2017 was a year of constant news about the President and Congress wanting to take health coverage away," said Alker.
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Our Crumbling Public School Infrastructure

Our Crumbling Public School Infrastructure | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"If we are committed to helping every child fulfill his or her potential, then safe and modern learning environments are essential."

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Opinion | Betsy DeVos’s new harassment rules protect schools, not students

Opinion | Betsy DeVos’s new harassment rules protect schools, not students | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Institutions have been lobbying for less liability when it comes to sexual misconduct on campus. Now they’re finally getting it."

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How is technology affecting the minds of our kids?

How is technology affecting the minds of our kids? | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"60 Minutes goes inside a landmark government study of young minds to see if phones, tablets and other screens are impacting adolescent brain development."

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The GOP sees rural voters as more legitimate than urban voters.

The GOP sees rural voters as more legitimate than urban voters. | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The current move to punish Democratic victors in Wisconsin underscores a sinister philosophy that’s been brewing for years, and it’s impossible to disentangle these views from racist attitudes and racial assumptions embedded in the ideologies and identities that shape white Americans everywhere."

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The nation's first charter school strike has begun in Chicago

The nation's first charter school strike has begun in Chicago | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"In the country's first-ever charter teachers' strike, hundreds of educators in Chicago's Acero charter school network have walked out of their classrooms and onto the picket lines Tuesday morning.

"The 15 schools across the charter network have canceled classes as more than 500 teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff members went on strike after a series of failed negotiations with management. The educators, who are members of the Chicago Teachers Union, are fighting for pay raises, smaller class sizes, and more funding for special education services."

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Evers will ask Walker to veto lame-duck legislation

Evers will ask Walker to veto lame-duck legislation | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin said Wednesday that he plans to make a personal appeal to his defeated rival, Gov. Scott Walker, to veto far-reaching GOP legislation that would restrict the new administration's powers. If that doesn't work, he may sue."

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Wisconsin Governor-Elect Tony Evers calls GOP plans to curb his power a 'hot mess'

Wisconsin Governor-Elect Tony Evers calls GOP plans to curb his power a 'hot mess' | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"As debate continued late into the night in Madison, Democrats denounced the changes as a power grab."

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Los Angeles Unified teachers continue strike preparations

Los Angeles Unified teachers continue strike preparations | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) boycotted staff meetings at their schools on Tuesday as they prepare for a possible strike in January against the Los Angeles Unified School District, the union confirmed. The union has asked for a 6.5% across-the-board raise retroactive to July 1, 2016, smaller class sizes, less testing, an expansion of the community school model, and more counselors, social workers, librarians and nurses."

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Wisconsin governor's powers: 5 in spotlight in lame-duck session

Wisconsin governor's powers: 5 in spotlight in lame-duck session | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Republicans in the state Senate cannot afford to lose more than one vote to get a lame-duck plan through their house that would curb the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and limit early voting.

 

"With support for some parts of the measure shaky, opponents are focusing lobbying efforts on five senators in hopes of getting two or more of them to abandon all or part of the plan.

 

"As Republican leaders seek to bring the legislation to the floor on Tuesday, opponents’ attention is on GOP Sens. Rob Cowles of Green Bay, Dan Feyen of Fond du Lac, Luther Olsen of Ripon, Jerry Petrowski of Marathon and Patrick Testin of Stevens Point."

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Lawsuit looms over proposed limit to early voting in Wisconsin

Lawsuit looms over proposed limit to early voting in Wisconsin | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it
"A high-powered Democratic attorney promised Saturday to bring a legal challenge if Wisconsin Republicans adopt a proposed limit on early voting that they could take up Tuesday in a lame-duck legislative session.
 
"Republican lawmakers plan to vote Tuesday on a sweeping plan that aims to weaken incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul.
 
"Part of that plan also would put a two-week limit on early voting in an effort to decrease voter turnout. The plan also would move the 2020 presidential primary election to help a conservative state Supreme Court justice win his election."
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UW-Stevens Point faculty call for removal of university's leadership

UW-Stevens Point faculty call for removal of university's leadership | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"More than 100 UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff called Thursday for the removal of the university’s top leadership in the wake of a proposal that will eliminate six academic majors and lay off faculty to reduce the university’s roughly $8 million deficit as part of an organizational restructuring that has attracted national attention."

 
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Los Angeles teachers plan to strike in January

Los Angeles teachers plan to strike in January | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles teachers' union has created an action plan for November and December to drum up support for a potential strike.
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Harvard study: Children who start school early more likely to get ADHD diagnosis — even if they don’t have it

Harvard study: Children who start school early more likely to get ADHD diagnosis — even if they don’t have it | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

“Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being overdiagnosed and overtreated for ADHD because they happen to be relatively immature compared to their older classmates in the early years of elementary school,” said Timothy Layton, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of health-care policy at the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.

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How schools are forced to close as rural populations dwindle

How schools are forced to close as rural populations dwindle | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

From PBS NewsHour: "Across the country, rural schools are being forced to shut down as more families move to urban areas and funding sources dry up. In Arena, Wisconsin, six-year-old Brady Schlamp must now travel 10 miles to school. His former school, right around the corner, was shuttered. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the closures can cause logistical challenges, emotional fallout and community divisions."

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