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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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Guided by the Courts, DeVos Cancels $150 Million in Federal Student-Loan Debt

Guided by the Courts, DeVos Cancels $150 Million in Federal Student-Loan Debt | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Some 15,000 student-loan borrowers whose colleges either shut down or defrauded them are getting good news this holiday season, courtesy of the Obama administration.

 

"The Trump administration’s Education Department announced on Thursday that it would begin notifying the borrowers on Friday that it is canceling about $150 million in federal loan debt, with about $80 million of that sum owed by students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. The action sets in motion the Obama administration’s 'borrower defense' rule, released in 2016 to provide debt relief to students victimized by predatory colleges."

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Struggling students, crumbling schools? Start over, Memphis leader says

Struggling students, crumbling schools? Start over, Memphis leader says | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The plan would save money and close buildings with empty seats. But it also would help students academically, the superintendent says. Here's why."

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Data Wonk: Gerrymander is Alive and Well

Data Wonk: Gerrymander is Alive and Well | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Data from November election tells a tale of totalitarian tendencies."

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Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The state teachers union and PTA have previously expressed opposition, saying teachers are hired to educate, not be police officers."

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K-8 students hit a milestone: About half are minorities

K-8 students hit a milestone: About half are minorities | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The steadily changing K-8 population in the U.S. has hit a milestone: About half of the students are racial and ethnic minorities. The fast-growing Latino student population has been a big factor in these changes."

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How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline

How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A grassroots movement to end racial disparities in schoolhouse discipline is beginning to take root throughout the nation and winning important victories at the local level. Can it sustain the effort?"

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With tentative deal struck in Chicago charter school strike, Acero students set to return to class

With tentative deal struck in Chicago charter school strike, Acero students set to return to class | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

“Today our students and our families have won,” said Andy Crooks, a special education apprentice — essentially a teacher’s aide — at Acero’s Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz school.

 

"This is the first Acero contract negotiated since the charter union joined the Chicago Teachers Union. Among the key agreements is compensation that aligns with pay scales in the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union contract, including annual raises over the four-year contract."

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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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Scott Walker signs all three lame-duck bills into law

Scott Walker signs all three lame-duck bills into law | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Gov. Scott Walker Friday signed all three sweeping lame-duck bills into law in Green Bay, concluding an eleventh hour effort by Republican legislators to roll back some of the next governor's authority. 

 

"Walker, who has faced national scrutiny and calls from Democrats to reject the legislative package entirely, said during the bill signing he was approving the three bills in full, without any line-item vetos. His remark was a shift from earlier this week, when he said he was considering at least one line-item veto of the legislation."

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Gateway Technical College To Provide Training with $100K from Metallica Foundation

Gateway Technical College To Provide Training with $100K from Metallica Foundation | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"With help from the heavy metal band Metallica, Gateway Technical College in Racine-Kenosha is set to provide working students with telecommunications training that will fit into their busy schedules.

 

 

"Gateway is one of 10 community colleges across the country chosen through a competitive proposal process to receive $100,000 to support students training to enter the telecommunications workforce. The All Within My Hands Foundation was founded in 2017, so these students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars."

 
 
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Later School Start Times Really Do Work To Help Teens Get More Sleep

Later School Start Times Really Do Work To Help Teens Get More Sleep | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times. But how much difference can a later start make? As Seattle's school district found out, it can help a lot."

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Evers holds budget listening session in Wausau

Evers holds budget listening session in Wausau | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"The event at the Wausau Labor Temple featured concerned citizens, city and county leaders, school leaders, and others broken down into groups to discuss issues such as health care, economic development, and education. During a media availability afterward, Evers said all of those issues fall in line with what he would like to prioritize for the upcoming budget."

 

"We're going to focus on the issues we talked about during the campaign; education, transportation, and health care. That's what we are going to be following through on," he said. In addition to those key areas, Evers said they will be compiling the feedback from Wednesday's event and others held across the state to make sure the people have a voice.

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Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes hold Green Bay listening session

Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes hold Green Bay listening session | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"Evers labeled the event a stark contrast to the Legislature's recent lame-duck session."

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Fortnite addiction sending kids to gaming rehab

Fortnite addiction sending kids to gaming rehab | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"A behavioral specialist likens the game's pull to heroin. But some people say more forceful parenting would fix the problem."

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Trump administration cuts Obama-era school nutrition standards

Trump administration cuts Obama-era school nutrition standards | News From Around the Web: WEAC | Scoop.it

"As part of the changes, previous rules guiding options on grains, milk and sodium content in school cafeteria lunches will be replaced."

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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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