Spotlight on Locals: United Lakewood Educators-Muskego

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of United Lakewood Educators-Muskego, which has a history of strength that it is maintaining through a calm and measured approach. Co-President Anna Wendt says ULE-Muskego advocates for students and its members and “has been a level-headed support network and a voice of reason.”

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Greendale High School teacher Ben Hubing is Wisconsin’s James Madison Fellow

Greendale High School (GHS) social studies teacher, Ben Hubing, a member of WEAC Region 7, has been selected as the James Madison Memorial Fellow for the state of Wisconsin. As part of the James Madison Memorial Fellow program, Hubing will spend four weeks in an upcoming summer studying the U.S. Constitution, founding fathers, and other documents significant to American Government and U.S. History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Wisconsin Public Television resources explore Native culture and language

The Ways is a production of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education. This resource is “an ongoing series of stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes. This online educational resource for 6-12 grade students features videos, interactive maps, and digital media exploring contemporary Native culture and language. The Ways supports educators in meeting the requirements of Wisconsin Act 31, seeking to expand and challenge current understanding of Native identity and communities.”

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Legislative Update – May 29 – What’s next for the School Funding Commission?

WEAC members for the past half-year spoke up at a series of legislative public hearings about the resources we need to adequately teach our students, and now leaders of the panel holding the forums are talking about what may come next. The final hearing is set Monday, June 4, in Madison. The co-chairs of the commission say they may address critical issues such as declining enrollment and special education reimbursements. Particularly telling was that Republicans Senator Luther Olsen and Representative Joel Kitchens don’t anticipate they’ll touch school vouchers or open enrollment – both topics they said were in the scope of their work when the commission formed in December.

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