With schools ‘at the tipping point,’ educators ask legislators to ‘do the right thing’ and pass Evers’ budget

As the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee concluded its statewide budget hearings Wednesday in Green Bay, educators continued to encourage legislators to “do the right thing” and support Governor Evers’ budget plan that supports children, public schools and our dedicated teachers and education support professionals. “Green Bay Area Public Schools, and schools around Wisconsin are at a tipping point,” said said Green Bay special education teacher Justin Delfosse, who is president of the Green Bay Education Association. “Wisconsin has neglected funding for public education for too long.”

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Educators and supporters of public schools continue to advocate for school funding increases

Educators continued to advocate for public education this week as the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held hearings on the state budget. Educators and supporters of public education testified at those hearings, submitted written testimony and shared their thoughts through letters to their legislators and in letters submitted to local media throughout the state. On Wednesday, supporters of public education packed a Joint Finance Committee hearing in Oak Creek, speaking in favor of Governor Evers’ proposals to increase general public education funding as well as special education funding.

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Voters support ‘major increase’ in special education funding

A large majority of Wisconsin’s registered voters – 74 percent – agree with Governor Evers that there should be a “major increase” in state aid for special education, according to results from the latest Marquette University Law School poll. As part of his state budget plan, Evers has proposed a $600 million increase.

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Spotlight on Locals: Gale Ettrick Trempealeau Education Association

What keeps the Gale Ettrick Trempealeau Education Association Strong? “It is the people that we have in our local,” says Cindy Stetzer, high school science teacher and leader of the GETEA. “We are active, and we have taken time to build good relationships with administration and the school board,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Because of that, we have a seat at the table. Additionally, those in leadership roles always keep the lines of communication open.”

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