News and Information for Education Professionals
HELP US WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

Jennifer Ruff, Ladysmith

 


Dear Members,
 
After this last blizzard/storm/whatever it was -Spring should be here!  We can all come out of our houses now and take a walk and enjoy the outdoors.  It has been a tough winter but that makes spring that much better!  Find some time for yourself.  We have made it through the snowiest winter ever-57" in just the month of February for us!  As I write this we are on our 10th snow day, I am hopeful there will be no more snow this year- this is it! 

Early Enrollment has begun!  There are forms available here.  Use the new Mission, Vision and Values that we just voted to accept at the last Board of Directors meeting to share what/who we are about.  It is an exciting time to be a WEAC member.  Things are happening.  We have someone in the Governor's office listening to us!   Now is the time to come together and be a part of a group that works together to make things happen. Teachers can join now and not pay dues until Sept. 10th.  It's a great time to have those one-on-one conversations. 

I would like to encourage you join https://weac.org/take-action/  We have to keep the pressure on our legislators.  This website will keep you posted on bills they are watching in Madison. WEAC advocacy resources are listed here.  This is a place for you to take action for you, your students and our public schools. We need everyone to get on this so if something is coming up we can act fast.  Encourage all your members to join this!  If you are a teacher and are concerned about your students, education and your job, this is a place to easily navigate and be an advocate!
 
I hope to see you at the WEAC RA on April 27th in Oshkosh where we will set the dues, do the business of WEAC and prepare for a great new year ahead!  See you soon!
 
Happy Spring!

President Bell

* Upcoming Events *
Ongoing Statewide Professional Development Calendar Available (including NBCT Renewal Workshop)

  HERE!

We highly recommend checking out this calendar if you haven't done so yet!

Region 1 Board of Directors Meeting & Pre-RA Meeting
April 17
5:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St


Social Media in the Work Environment
A Legal Perspective on Your Rights
April 17
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Webinar Only - See Flyer Below!


Violent Students and Your Rights
April 30
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Webinar Only - See Flyer Below!


WEAC Representative Assembly
April 27
Oshkosh, WI


Greater West Central Area Labor Council Workers Memorial Day Observance
April 28
11:00 am - Social Time
11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch is Served
Eau Claire Labor Temple
2233 Birch St


Region 1 Representative Assembly
May 15
6:00 pm
Rice Lake Office
16 W John St
ACROSS THE REGION


Region 1 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Each year WEAC Region 1 awards two $500 scholarships to children of Region 1 members who are graduating and attending post-secondary education in the fall of 2019. Priority is given to those entering the field of education, but selection is also based on other factors, including academics and school/community involvement.

To download an application, CLICK HERE



2019-20 Early Enrollment 

Early Enrollment is here. 

Non-members can enroll now for the upcoming (2019-20) membership year and pay no dues until September. 

Find the early enrollment form and informational flyer HERE

ACROSS THE STATE

WEAC Offering Free Webinars for Members This Month!


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Non-Renewal Basics

In Wisconsin, non-renewal of any person who holds a teaching certificate that is required to perform the job must follow the procedure as found in WI ยง 118.22. With the elimination of the right to collectively bargained lay-off procedures, non-renewal is now also used for staff reductions (including reduction of positions to part time) for economic reasons. It is important to note that the statute applies only to full-time positions.
 
  • Preliminary notice of non-renewal must be given by the board by April 30
  • Teachers have five (5) days in which to request a private conference with the board
  • Final notice of non-renewal must be given by the board on or before May 15
  • Teachers must accept or reject contracts by June 15
 
Individuals who are facing non-renewal generally have three options:
  1. Accept the non-renewal
  2. Request a private conference with the board to contest the non-renewal
  3. Negotiate a resignation agreement in lieu of being non-renewed
Every situation is different and the pros and cons of each choice vary depending on the reason for non-renewal, the make-up of the board and its independence, local support and dozens of other factors. Members should always contact their Regional Director immediately upon receipt of a preliminary notice or, better yet, upon learning that non-renewal is being considered.
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Joint Committee on Finance Takes Public Testimony in River Falls

At the public hearing of the Joint Finance Committee today, supporters of public education from all over the Region t estified in favor of Governor Evers' proposals to increase public education funding for both general ed and for special education.


ACROSS THE NATION

Wisconsin teacher salaries drop to 33rd in nation


Wisconsin educators are voicing significant concerns about the decline in educator compensation after a national report shows we dropped from 18th in the nation for average teacher salary in 2010-11 to 33rd in 2017-18.

The report, from the annual NEA Estimates and Rankings, also shows that, adjusted for the rate of inflation, educators' purchasing power is last in the nation when it comes to our compensation keeping up with how much it costs to live a middle class lifestyle.

Wisconsin lags all surrounding states when it comes to average teacher pay, and falls well below the national average teacher salary of $60,462.
Earth Day Curriculum Resources


Explore New and Review Familiar Ways to Live Responsibly
 
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Earth Day is Monday April 22, 2019. Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.

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Did You Know?
This Month's Member Benefits Highlight

April is National Financial Literacy Month

Since 2003, April has been recognized as National Financial Literacy Month-a time to highlight the importance of financial literacy and help people learn and maintain healthy financial habits.

We love the national focus on financial literacy because it reinforces our belief that education is fundamental to the financial security of those we serve.

To help you achieve your financial goals, consider these resources that promote financial literacy in April and all year long.

This is an 11.0101 (10) (b) communication with WEAC members