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What is the GTEA stance on Merit Pay? How did GTEA arrive at this stance? To learn a bit more about an  issue that often sounds better than it winds up being, take a look at the special section dedicated completely to the topic. {COMING SOON}

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.

NEA “ADVOCATE” Newsletter

GTEA (WEAC/NEA) members receive the Advocate as a part of their dues. The Advocate has contained a number of interesting articles for members of our profession, including a recent article  titled “The Color of Student Debt,” on the ratio of student debt burden by institution type and race.
This month’s issue had a compelling article on “Relational Advising.” Join our closed user Facebook group, and share a discussion on how you feel about Relational Advising.


A Voice for Our Profession on the Radio

Resistance Radio (WRRD, 1510AM) continues to air unique voices on teaching and education that have not been heard on Milwaukee airwaves in a very long time.

This coming Monday, July 24th, at 7:00 am, 1510AM’s Earl Ingram Show will be joined by Joanna Perez Rizzotto, a 21 year teacher, MPS parent and accomplished advocate for all education professions. 

In addition to being an active leader in her local, the South Milwaukee Education Association, Joanna is an innovative teacher of at-risk students and has served on multiple DPI committees. She offers an eloquent challenge to the “new normal” of testing, standardization, and market-based “reforms” that are doing so much harm in our public schools.

Tune in to Resistance Radio on Monday to hear a great educator’s voice on what is really going on in public education.


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