News and Information for Education Professionals

WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!
HELP US WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

Joseph Coughlin, River Falls

Ree Nae Greene, Barron

Gayle Moore, Washburn ESP

David Hammond, Hudson

Karl Wallin, Bayfield

Mary Lynch, Washburn

Cathy Smith, Bayfield

Brianne Gaard, River Falls

Sara Storter, Durand

Molly Wirsing, Bayfield

Crystal Hallin, Siren

Jonathan Fields, Bruce

Megan Peterson, Durand

John Kopcz, Flambeau

Brian Markovic, Plum City

Carolyn Van Natta, Rice Lake

Angela McVitty, Osceola

 


Dear Region 1 Members,

We did it!!! November 6, 2018 will go down in history as the day that Tony Evers beat our governor, Scott Walker! He beat him 49.6% to 48.4%. We took out an incumbent Governor who was backed by millionaires and outspent us 3-1. It was a day I've been waiting for since 2011.

I want to take this time to thank everyone of you who voted, wrote postcards, went door to door canvassing, got out the vote, talked to your family, crazy uncle, hairdresser, neighbor, former students and encouraged people to vote. This could never have happened without all of you helping - big or small, it took all of us working together to make this happen. Tony Evers-Governor, Mandela Barnes-Lt. Governor, Josh Kaul -Attorney General, and Sarah Godlewski -State Treasurer, all know that this never would have happened without your help. They knew because they would go out canvassing and when they went to the door, the homeowner would say, "we got this covered, a teacher was just here telling us about you!" This election has been a hard fought one with a lot of people invested in making this happen.

We now must make sure our voices are heard. It is our job to make sure they do their job and if they aren't, we need to call, write and let them know we are watching them. NEA and WEAC had a strong presence in this election. Now our President, Duff Martin, is working with the DPI to find a successor for State Department of Public Instruction. Now is the time to pull together - we need all who care about our profession to join us in WEAC and work toward a brighter future which we can now see!


Debra H. Bell
Region 1 President

REMINDER FOR UNITS RECERTIFYING - VOTING CLOSES @ 12:00 NOON ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20! If you haven't already, don't forget - Vote NOW!

* Upcoming Events *
Ongoing Statewide Professional Development Calendar Available (including NBCT Jump Start Progam)

  HERE!

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

Region 1 Board of Directors Meeting
November 28
6:30 pm
Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St

Every Teacher a Leader  NW Regional Summit
January 25-26
Trego, WI

Learning & Growing Professional Issues Conference
February 22-23
Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire
333 Gibson St

ACROSS THE REGION


Next Board of Directors Meeting - November 28th

We missed you!

We're making an assumption, but the effects of all that turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes should have worn off by Wednesday evening, November 28th. Remember, WEAC Region 1 is at its heart a democratically-run association. For democracies to work, the members must participate. Each unit in Region 1 has a representative on the Board of Directors; either a local unit director president or their representative has a voting seat on the Board of Directors. 

While in-person Board meetings occur at the Region 1 office in Rice Lake, all Board meetings are available via teleconferencing and every effort is made to conclude the evening's business in 90 minutes or less.

WEAC Region 1 strongly encourages your unit's participation in Regional Board meetings as the best way to keep yourself and your members informed and provide the important input the Region needs in planning and programming for the future.

We hope to see you there!


Region 1 Seeking Presentation Proposals for February Learning & Growing Conference 

Region 1 will be again sponsoring a Learning & Growing Professional Issues Conference on February 22-23, 2019 at the Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire.

We have an exciting array of sessions being lined up for this year's conference, including teacher mental health, the science of happiness, worst-case behavior management, trauma informed resiliency, and more!  That doesn't mean we aren't looking for more, so if you have skills, ideas, and expertise that we want to encourage you to share with colleagues click  HERE to find a proposal submission form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Region 1 Office at (800) 472-6711.


FYI - Permanent License Form Available

Form now available HERE for verification of six semesters of teaching and issuance of permanent license. 


Bayfield Education Association Host Wisconsin Science Festival Event at South Shore Brewery

On Friday, October 12th the Bayfield Education Association unit held The Art and Science of Beer at South Shore Brewery. At the event, the unit was presented a Strong Local Affiliate award by WEAC President Ronald "Duff" Martin.

ACROSS THE STATE


Election Wrapup from Wisconsin Public Education Network - What's Next?


WHAT'S GOING ON? SIMPLE FACTS
  1. There is a budget on the table RIGHT NOW that puts children first and Rep. Vos and Sen. Fitzgerald are already talking about cutting desperately needed funding from that budget.
  2. That budget proposal includes essential aid and transformational resources that we will NOT allow to be cut from our schools. There is plenty of money in the state budget to fully fund our public schools and we must work together to defend this budget if we are going to get any real change for our children. We've waited a generation for a proposal like this and there's no time to lose in delivering it. Rather than getting distracted by partisan bickering, we need to stand firm with a positive, proactive message that emphasizes the non-negotiable components of the Governor-Elect's budget that are absolutely essential to the success of our children:
    • Increasing the special education reimbursement rate for the first time in a decade. The proposal moves to 60% in the 2nd year of the biennium. Click here for an interactive map to see what that 60% special education reimbursement means to your district!
    • Revenue limit reform that lifts the low-spending ceiling and provides a spending increase ($200/student in year one; $204/student in year two for ALL school districts)
    • Meets state's 2/3 funding obligation
    • Funds full-day 4K
    • Incorporates Fair Funding for our Future, which "overhauls the formula by providing a minimum aid for each student, weighting student poverty, and shifting tax credits into general school funding." This means we would finally allow schools to actually use the $1,090,000,000 General Purpose Revenue (GPR) that has been counted as "aid" for years but never actually delivered to kids through the School Levy Tax Credit ($940,000,000) and the First Dollar Credit ($150,000,000).
    • Removes bad policy that has been pushed forward in previous budgets and recent years.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW: ONE SIMPLE ACTION
Call or email your representatives and representatives-elect TODAY. Let them know your expectations for a budget that meets the needs of our children.  


Voters overwhelmingly pass school referendums totaling over $1 billion

Wisconsin voters on Tuesday sent a clear message that they strongly support their public schools, passing 19 of the 20 largest local school referendums on the ballot, totaling over $1 billion. According to the Wheeler Report, 76 of the 82 total referendums passed, 4 failed (Goodman-Armstrong, Viroqua, West Salem, and Wittenberg-Birnamwood), and 2 were too close to call as of Wednesday afternoon (Big Foot UHS and River Valley).

"Voters came out in droves to support their public schools," said WEAC President Ron Martin. "They passed referendums to make up for what the governor and majority in the Legislature refused to fund, and they elected an educator to lead our state. This is a mandate to make education a priority again in Wisconsin." 



WEAC Scholarship Opportunity

We are pleased to let you know that the Wisconsin Education Association Council is again offering a scholarship to eligible high school seniors who are planning to enter the field of education. Winners of the scholarship will receive a grant of $1,450.00 per year for four years of study, provided they remain eligible.

High school seniors who are planning to go into the field of education and whose parent(s) are a WEAC member, a WEAC retired member or who died while holding a WEAC membership are eligible to apply.

In addition, the student must rank in the top 25% of his/her class or have achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 non-weighted scale) at the time of application, plan to pursue an education major or minor and intend to teach in Wisconsin. (All A's = 4 points, B's = 3 points, C's = 2 points, D's = 1 point, F's = 0 points.)

Each year one of the four scholarships shall be designated the Kathy Mann Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship shall be awarded to a minority student. In the event that no minority student applies or meets the criteria, the Kathy Mann Scholarship shall not be awarded. In its place a regular WEAC Scholarship shall be awarded.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2019.

The scholarship form is available online at  https://weac.org/member-benefits/weac-scholarships/

ACROSS THE NATION

How Bad Do For-Profit, Virtual Charter Schools Have to Get?

BY  TIM WALKER

On January 18, 2018, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio's largest K-12 virtual school,  abruptly closed its doors for good. The move, which left its 12,000 students scrambling for another option halfway through the academic year, came amidst escalating scandals over the for-profit cyber charter's operations. ECOT had been inflating its attendance records to siphon off more state funds. At the time of ECOT's demise, the Ohio Department of Education was trying to recoup $80 million in improper payments based on years of deceptive enrollment reports. Its academic record was also abysmal. More than one-third of Ohio's dropouts were ECOT students, and the school consistently ranked near the bottom on state assessments.

ECOT's spectacular failure became a central issue in the 2018 campaign for Ohio attorney general and governor. The voters rightfully want to know: How could hundreds of millions of state funds be squandered on a school fraught with fraud, mismanagement, and a shoddy academic record?

Welcome to the world of for-profit, virtual charter schools.


How to Be Proactive With Parents

BY CHERYL MARTIN

It's hard to remember sometimes, but you're not the only adult in a child's academic life.

Whether it's because of a behavioral issue or academic challenge, looking to parents for partnership and council is crucial in solving problems in your classroom. Sometimes the parent will agree with your plan of action, sometimes they won't, but being proactive will increase the chance of working together to find a solution.

Make your student's parent your partner with these tips!


Did You Know?
This Month's Member Benefits Highlight

WRS contribution rates down slightly for 2019

The  Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)  contribution rate will decrease from 13.4% to 13.1% in 2019. Employers and employees split the cost equally, so each will contribute 6.55% (down from 6.7% in 2018) of payroll toward the pension.

What do you need to do?

Rate changes start January 1, so take note. Generally, the adjustment will not have a significant impact on your take home pay. However, the rate reduction is an opportunity to increase your contributions in other retirement savings accounts, such as an IRA or 403(b).

Use our payroll deductions calculator to learn the impact of the rate change on your take home pay and consider redirecting that amount to other savings before it gets mixed in with your day-to-day budget.

It's important for Wisconsin public school employees to contribute personal savings toward their retirement to adequately prepare for their retirement income needs.

Would you like to talk to someone about how much you need to save for retirement? Set up a  personal phone consultation with a consultant or call us at 1-800-279-4030.
This is an 11.0101 (10) (b) communication with WEAC members