Evers congratulates Wisconsin’s 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools

State Superintendent Tony Evers Monday congratulated eight Wisconsin elementary schools that received National Blue Ribbon School honors from the U.S. Department of Education. They are: Bannach Elementary School, Stevens Point Area Public School District; College Park Elementary School, Greendale School District; Flynn Elementary School, Eau Claire Area School District; Gibraltar Elementary School, Fish Creek, Gibraltar Area School District; Iron River Elementary School, Iron River, Maple School District; Parkview Elementary School, New London School District; Prairie View Elementary School, De Soto Area School District; and Roosevelt Elementary School, Kenosha School District. 

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Wisconsin voters strongly support quality public schools over tax cuts, poll analysis finds

Wisconsin voters have made their priorities clear – they want quality public schools – but lawmakers are not listening. That is the analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project of last month’s statewide poll by the Marquette University Law School. “One of the remarkable aspects of the poll results,” the analysis said, “is the degree to which they show that Wisconsin voters across the entire state place a high value on education. … Wisconsin residents believe that excellent public schools are important to the state’s success, and are concerned that recent changes have harmed public schools.”

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The teacher pay gap is growing: Teachers are now paid 18.7% less than comparable professions

The teacher pay gap is growing, according to a  new analysis, and teachers nationwide are now paid 18.7% less than people in comparable professions. That is an increase from 17% three years ago. “The erosion of teacher pay relative to that of comparable workers in the last couple of years — and in fact since 2008 — reflects state policy decisions (mainly tax cuts) rather than the result of revenue challenges brought on by the Great Recession,” according to the analysis by the the Economic Policy Institute.

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DPI honors 5 Friends of Education, including Wis. Public Education Network

Five organizations across the state are being named 2018 Friends of Education for their work on behalf of Wisconsin school children. State Superintendent Tony Evers will recognize the groups during his annual State of Education Address and Awards Program September 20 at the Capitol in Madison. The Friends of Education are: The Wisconsin Public Education Network, the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators Inc., Rhinelander Partners in Education, and the Service League of Green Bay.

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