Membership is Everyone’s Business

The first month of the school year is when we admit that the items from our personal to-do lists that we didn’t get to over the summer will have to wait until next summer. It is when we realize our lesson plans need revision because they are not quite right for this year’s group of […]

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Talk About Your Union

It has been a few years, but there are some things you don’t forget. During my first week as a teacher, I remember having a lot to worry about. Everything was new. I didn’t know if I would like teaching or be good at it. I didn’t know if the students would listen to me […]

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Saw You on TV

You and I were very well represented by the three teachers and Region 6 members who participated in the “For the Record” show on Channel 3 last Sunday. The venerable public affairs program, hosted by Neil Heinen and broadcast after “Face the Nation” every Sunday morning, focuses on the most important issues in our communities. […]

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What We Did on Our Summer Vacation

It has been another busy summer for Region 6. I’m not just talking about the things most teachers do in the summer but don’t get credit for in the “teachers get three months off” mythology. Almost every teacher I know spends summers earning credits, planning lessons, attending conferences and developing themselves as professionals. Many of […]

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This is How Change Happens

Scott Walker interrupted his presidential campaign ever so briefly to sign a state budget one newspaper has deemed “awful” this week. The budget short-changes schools, children, workers, the economy and the future. And that’s just for starters. We have written a lot about the budget over the last several months, so if you want specifics […]

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Region 6 is in the News

Legendary Wisconsin journalist Dave Zweifel devoted a column to WEAC Region 6 last week. The Capital Times column focuses on the strength of our union while it also criticizes the anti-education and anti-labor policies of Governor Walker and the Legislature. Zweifel’s article is paired with a great cartoon from award winning labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki […]

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Your Friends and Neighbors

Hundreds gathered to rally for public education Monday afternoon in Sun Prairie and cities throughout Wisconsin. The Republican budget is an abomination, and we are not the only ones who have noticed. Those in attendance on Monday included students, parents, retirees, college students, and locally elected officials as well as educators. Many of the people […]

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Standing Together, Winning Together

The bad news is that with each passing day our elected officials reach a new low. Whether it is cutting school funding, lowering teacher standards, privatizing public schools or inventing new ways to interfere with what is working in the classroom, the Legislature just keeps increasing the pace in the race to the bottom. The […]

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JFC Budget Makes a Bad Thing Worse

The budget the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has passed onto the Legislature restores some of the money that Scott Walker cut from public schools, but in many other ways takes a very bad thing and makes it even worse. Many of us wouldn’t have thought that possible. Now we have to fight against JFC’s budget […]

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Appreciating Each Other

The Region 6 representative assembly (RA) is set for May 30 in Madison, and the annual WEAC RA was held a couple of weekends ago in Milwaukee. Last year’s Region 6 RA saw the creation of our new organization and set the parameters for this first, highly successful, year. If you are not a Region […]

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