State’s AP participation and performance improve

A total of 21,910 graduates from the class of 2017 took 66,660 AP exams while in high school, an increase of 638 graduates and 3,694 exams from the prior year’s graduating class, according to the Department of Public Instruction. Their success rate — the percentage of exams scored three or higher on a five-point scale — was 25.5 percent, up 0.7 percent from 2016.

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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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Family’s experiences in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin illustrate impact of political climate on education, unions

In an Education Minnesota article, Sparta, Wisconsin, teacher Lauren Cody says her mother’s involvement in the union as a Minnesota Education Support Professional has instilled in her a deep appreciation of the importance of the union for educators and students. The article emphasizes the negative impact of Act 10 on educators and education in Wisconsin and also the impact of similar legislation in Iowa, where Lauren’s brother, Kalyn, teaches. Mother Deb Cody says the experiences of her children in Wisconsin and Iowa illustrate how critical it is that educators in Minnesota work to maintain their much friendlier environment for unions and public education.

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