Action by WEAC members leads to withdrawal of proposal that threatened teacher rights

Due to the efforts of WEAC members, a proposal to seriously threaten teacher rights won’t move forward, the state education agency announced Thursday. Thousands of WEAC members answered the call to action to provide testimony on proposed changes, which included the licensure system as well as sweeping revisions to teacher discipline procedures. While WEAC collaborated on the system changes to support the goal of easing the teacher shortage, our members determined the discipline changes would push professionals away from teaching. “WEAC members stood up in huge numbers to get involved,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, and it paid off.

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Legislative Update – February 15 – Bill that severely threatens student privacy up for a vote on Tuesday

A bill, introduced by Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt, that severely threatens student privacy under the guise of protecting teachers is up for an Assembly committee vote next Tuesday. So far, there’s no companion bill, and WEAC continues to monitor. In an op-ed column written this week, teacher Andy Waity, president of Madison Teachers Inc., says this bill aims to restore a system that has failed to protect staff and students and, in some cases, has served to increase tensions in an already challenging climate.

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The so-called ‘Teacher Protect Act’ would ‘supersize the school-to-prison pipeline’ while failing to provide resources to create safety, legislators told

Concerned Wisconsinites gathered at the State Capitol Thursday for a press event followed by a public hearing on AB693, known as the ‘Teacher Protection Act,’ to express their concerns about the proposal’s effects on vulnerable Wisconsin students. While everyone agrees that teachers and students deserve a safe environment for teaching and learning, the ‘Teacher Protection Act’ offers no new resources or ideas for bringing safety through improved relationships and behavior, according to two organizations leading the charge against the bill – Wisconsin Family Ties and Disability Rights Wisconsin.

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WEAC calls for Educator Protection Principles that will make a difference in our schools

A bill draft circulated by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt outlines potential new legislation to protect teachers, but a review by WEAC experts shows it falls short of its stated goal. WEAC is not supporting the proposed legislation, and instead is offering – from the educators’ perspective – protections that would make a difference in our classroom and schools.

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