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Task Force on Urban Education Falls Short for Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 17 June 2016 19:40

teacherTask Force, a follow-up to last year's panel on rural education, issued a dozen recommendations on state funding for four-year-old kindergarten and early childhood education. Green Bay representative says we must do more to give all school children in Wisconsin an equal opportunity at educational success.


MADISON - On Thursday, the state Assembly’s Task Force on Urban Education, chaired by Rep. Jesse Rodriguez (R - Oak Creek) issued a dozen recommendations, including reviewing state funding for four-year-old kindergarten and other options for early childhood education.

jesse-rodriguezThe task force is a follow-up to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ panel on rural education in a previous session of the legislature. Rodriguez and her colleagues focused on the six largest school districts in the state of Wisconsin, about 20 percent of the state’s total student population.

“With limited time and resources, we needed to just look at a few things that we knew we could possibly make a difference,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez also felt student mental health was a major area of concern.

“We were able to look at three different areas that we wanted to focus on,” the Milwaukee County Republican said in an interview Thursday. “That was early childhood education, mental health and best practices for truancy and low graduation rates, as well as teacher training, recruitment and retention.”

eric-genrichOn the other hand, Rep. Eric Genrich (D - Green Bay), a member of the task force, felt it's work for this year left some areas for improvement.

“As a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education, I valued the opportunity to visit some of the largest urban school districts in the state and discuss the challenges faced by students and educators in these settings," said Genrich. "I appreciate the time and thought that has been devoted to this effort by Chair Rodriguez and my fellow members, but I urge us all to think seriously about what we owe to all school children in Wisconsin: an equal opportunity at educational success. Unfortunately, the recommendations of the Task Force unveiled today fall short of this obligation.”

“As we move closer to the 2017-18 legislative session, I will continue the conversations with parents, educators, school board members, and fellow policymakers in an effort to articulate a vision and agenda for public education that is worthy of the children of this state, including a fair and adequate school funding formula, a commitment to combating child poverty and socioeconomic segregation, and a real investment in universally available early education opportunities,” Genrich concluded.

 
Teachers’ Association Continues to Push For Reduced Class Sizes in Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WEAC Media   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:44

kids-milwMILWAUKEE – Educators, parents, community, and faith leaders will call on the Milwaukee Public School Board today to reject the MPS administration's proposal that would increase class size for grades 1, 2, and 3 in over 60 Milwaukee Public Schools.

In 2015 Scott Walker signed into law Wisconsin Act 53 which phases out the class-size reduction program known as the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program that provides eligible schools per-pupil funding for each low-income grades K5 through 3 student. The new law replaces SAGE with the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program.

“There are no significant changes to the state funding under the new program. MPS is predicting a loss of federal funding which is currently used to support SAGE. MPS administration could maintain smaller class sizes in the current SAGE schools through reallocation of dollars, but instead they’ve proposed a plan to create 62 new administrator positions, spend tens of thousands of dollars on classroom furniture, and eliminate well over 150 front-line classroom teacher positions,” said MTEA President Kim Schroeder. “Research shows that increasing class sizes for our earliest learners will have a detrimental, long-term impact on Milwaukee Public School students, their families, and our community.”

“Benefits from class-size reduction programs are greatest for low-income and minority children,” said Kim Schroeder. “It is impossible to understand how the Administration got away with moving this proposal forward without approval from the elected school board or any input from educators, parents, and community members.”

MPS parents and community leaders from groups including Schools and Communities United and the Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) join the MTEA in favor of maintaining smaller class size.

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For over 50 years, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association has been a champion for public education in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association represents over 4,500 educators and support personnel who make Milwaukee's public education system possible. MTEA, an affiliate of the National Education Association and is the largest educator local in Wisconsin. Learn more at mtea.weac.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:58
 
NWTC Fall 2016 Scholarships Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College   
Friday, 11 March 2016 09:39

nwtc5GREEN BAY - The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Educational Foundation scholarship application for the fall semester is now open through April 15, 2016.

All applications must have one letter of recommendation and be submitted by the April 15, 2016 deadline to be eligible for fall 2016 scholarships. Last fall we awarded $340,000 to over 450 students!

Learn more at https://www.nwtc.edu/About-NWTC/Departments/Foundation-Alumni/Scholarships.

Questions? Call the Foundation at (920)498-6914 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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