Hearing on Senate schools bill takes center stage

A hearing on a bill setting requirements for public and taxpayer-funded private voucher schools drew education advocates in droves to the Capitol for the second time in two weeks. WEAC members Lyman Elliott of Beloit and Kim Schroeder of Milwaukee were among those urging legislators to require the same standards for all schools that receive taxpayer funding.

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NEA calls for more equal opportunity in No Child Left Behind reauthorization

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union with 3 million educators, is pleased that the Obama Administration is calling for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and is hopeful that the federal government develops “a smarter accountability system that looks at more than just a test score, but focuses on the many factors that are indicative of school and student success,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said.

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Kippers says Assembly GOP bill sets public schools up for failure

The new “school accountability” bill advanced Wednesday (January 7, 2015) by Assembly Republicans sets public schools up for failure and a takeover by private entities, WEAC President Betsy Kippers said. “Woefully missing from the legislation are state resources to help struggling public schools improve, setting them up for takeover,” Kippers said.

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Arne Duncan asks, ‘What if?’ on Twitter and gets far more response than he expected

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has received a lot of unexpected response to a recent New Year’s Tweet in which he asked, “What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?” Twitter has lit up with “what if” scenarios from educators, parents and public school advocates – using the hashtag #whatif – that are critical of Duncan’s education policies, including his emphasis on standardized testing and other so-called reforms.

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