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The ground breaking education radio show Busted Pencils now airs Saturdays at 9:00am, and Sundays at 10:00am on Milwaukee’s Resistance Radio 1510AM.

This week, Busted Pencils’ Tim Slekar interviews:
Ingrid Walker-Henry of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association on her association’s fight for quality schools.
Carol Burris of the Network for Public Education on resisting corporate education reform and making American public education great again
Alfie Kohn, famed scholar who questions many of the assumptions and methods dominating public education today.

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Suzanne Sublette

Suzanne Sublette,
GTEA President

It’s been a busy fall for GTEA as we continue our advocacy and organizing work, and we have even bigger plans for the winter!

In October, GTEA Council members Jason Gerber, Ann Stotts, Colleen Aird, and I hosted WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for a roundtable gathering. After taking a tour of Culinary Arts on the Racine Campus, Olsen met with Council members to discuss issues and concerns. In particular, we advocated for the development of a stronger technical college voice with WEAC.

In November, I attended the NEA’s Historically Black College and University Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit included a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with and lobby members of the Congressional Black Caucus on issues pertaining to higher education funding, union organizing, and diversity on college campuses.

In January, GTEA will hold our first annual Back to Basics School Supply Give-Away. Spearheaded by Membership Coordinator Robin Rupp, our Back to Basics campaign focuses on helping students attain some of what they need most—the basics!  We will be distributing pens, folders, and notebooks to hundreds of students during the first week of the spring semester in January. If you’re interested in helping to assemble or distribute Back to Basics kits, please let your representative know.

Also in January, GTEA will host a General Membership meeting on Friday, January 5, after in-service activities conclude. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Jason Gerber

Jason has taught math in General Studies for nine years.

Why am I in the union?

Well, first, saying that I did not know anything about unions before coming to Gateway is an understatement for me. I was actively hostile toward unions at one point in my life.

You might be wondering how I went from one extreme to the other. Well, it was all about getting involved. Being from a rural area, I wasn’t exposed to unions much.
It certainly wasn’t a positive topic on local radio.
I didn’t have any choice from the right-wing talk radio that I mistakenly took for news radio.

By attending GTEA meetings, which are open to anyone willing to join us, I learned that the union was really a democratic body looking out for the unit as a whole. They wanted what was best for the unit, not for themselves. And if you were willing, you could be involved or elected to any position that you wanted. No one cared that before being involved I was not union-friendly.

Once I understood that it was a democratic body looking out for everyone, I jumped right in. I have been GTEA treasurer for six years, and have been liaison for the region and the state. All because I got more involved, not that I was special. The more I got involved the more I realized GTEA was the only organization helping the profession.

A union membership can earn you different discounts and other perks, but it is about looking out for each other and our profession. I truly believe that if you get involved and meet more members, you will not be anything but impressed. We truly can make a difference for the college and the state and even the Nation.

A Message from WEAC’s President Ron Martin

President Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months — on March 5, 2018 — forcing Congress to act to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers. Discussions are ongoing between Trump, Democratic and Republican leadership on a potential solution.

WEAC is partnering with educators across America to contact targeted members of Congress to build more Republican support!

As a constituent, you can advocate on behalf of DACA recipients and Dreamers by strongly urging your representative in Congress to co-sponsor and support swift passage of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440). The bill is the only permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients and Dreamers that includes a pathway to citizenship which would keep the promise and commitment made to these young people.

The National Education Association will be providing patch-through phone calls in the coming weeks, so if you receive a call please agree to be connected immediately to your representative. Here’s an example of what you could say when you take this important step for students:

“Please act immediately to pass the Dream Act of 2017. Other bills offer a pathway to citizenship, but the Dream Act is a permanent solution. As a constituent, I’m asking you to co-sponsor and support immediate passage of the Dream Act of 2017.”

Thank you for your dedication to Wisconsin Public School students, and students across the nation by advocating for the Dream Act of 2017. To send an email to your representative, click here.

Ron Martin

GTEA Scholarships–now is the time to apply!


The Gateway Technical Education Association (GTEA) sponsors $500.00 scholarships to continuing students through the Gateway Foundation. Eligibility includes children, step-children, grandchildren, and spouses of current GTEA members.

The Continuing Student Scholarship is for current Gateway students who have completed at least three (3) credits at Gateway, have earned a minimum GPA of 2.0, are in good academic standing, and complete and submit the online application.

The online application process will take about two hours to complete. Read the directions carefully and be sure to answer all the questions including the one asking about the GTEA member in your family

The Gateway Foundation scholarship application form is available here.

The application deadline is October 8, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced in January 2018.

Questions? Contact Ellen Pedraza, Kenosha Campus GTEA Senior Representative, via:


URGENT! Call your legislators!

Call legislators at 800-362-9472 – tell them to vote NO on Walker’s Budget

The state budget coming out of the legislature’s budget writing committee included some improvements over the last three budgets which had effectively slashed funding for public education. However, it has come to light that the budget includes a few poison pills that will undermine the teaching profession and public schools.

As we reported previously, the current budget proposal moves the clock forward on the voucher time bomb which may ultimately bankrupt many school districts. More recently legislators added terrible provisions to expand special needs vouchers which will end up stripping families of special needs children of many federal and state safeguards.

Now it has come to light that the budget creates a backdoor way to lower teaching standards by allowing initial teaching licenses to be granted to individuals certified by online licensing factories that refuse to meet minimum standards set by the Legislature and Department of Public Instruction.

This opens the door to outfits such as the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, which operates in Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee, to name a few. The Board’s website promotes its program as a way to earn teacher certification in less than one year, without taking on debt or returning to school. Student teaching is not required as a basis of certification! Note: WEAC and the DPI strenuously objected to this provision, as Wisconsin has existing alternative pathways and also recognizes out-of-state licenses.

Please call your legislators at 800-362-9472 and tell them not to pass a state budget that undermines quality public schools and the education professions. © 2014 Frontier Theme