The Assembly portion of the Select Committee held a “wrap up” meeting this week on Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) in Wisconsin following numerous public input sessions across the Badger state. Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) president, gives a short update and explains the recommendations offered by WFA that appear to be receiving strong consideration by the Committee.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issued a press release on October 14, 2013 announcing they had been awarded an $8.7 million “Safe Schools” grant.
“Based on identified needs, schools might implement alcohol and drug abuse prevention or anti-bullying programs to serve students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, who have in past research indicated higher rates of feeling unsafe at school.”
While the Wisconsin DPI announcement notes that the program will be used to increase overall health of students, Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling feels otherwise, “Of course, all students should be safe at school; however, the “feelings” of students should not be the basis for determining if someone is being bullied. We’ve known for years that virtually all of the anti-bullying programs have been spearheaded by homosexual activists and sympathizers. The type of program this grant is promoting will likely be used to shut down any expression of disagreement with homosexuality.”
A recent study from the University of Texas indicates that anti-bullying programs have shown youth are more likely to be bullied after instituting such programs.
Implementation of the “Safe Schools-Healthy Students” program will be piloted in three Wisconsin school districts (click on links for contact information):
Parents should consider this a heads’ up.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Be engaged with your school board members. Express your concerns about the implementation of anti-bullying programs. Share the study from the University of Texas.
- Know where School District monies from the program are being spent.
- Be aware of what is taking place in the schools within your district. Check your local school district’s website.
- Parents, talk to your children. Know what they are seeing, hearing and learning on a day-to-day basis.
WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL is hosting
”Faith, Freedom & Public Schools”
For Christian EDUCATORS teaching in WI’s public schools…
A powerful presentation by Eric Buehrer, founder and president of Gateways to Better Education
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Copper Rock Coffee Company
Calvary Bible Church
Attention Christians teaching in Wisconsin public schools!
You don’t want to miss this exclusive seminar, designed just for you! Learn how to confidently teach about Judeo-Christian history, culture and values across the curriculum.
If you know a Christian teacher in Wisconsin public schools, pass this email on to them and encourage them to attend this ”liberating” seminar!
Encourage those in your church who teach in Wisconsin public schools to attend this event. Help them understand the 4 key principles to move from fear to freedom in their classrooms.
SAFE, HEALTHY, STRONG?
It’s a marriage made in…well, certainly not heaven.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action states, “It’s not enough that Planned Parenthood has infiltrated Wisconsin’s public schools with an “anything goes” sex ed curriculum, now they want to dabble in homosexual activism and indoctrination, and our very own Wisconsin Dept. of Instruction is shamelessly getting on board with them. The implementation of homosexual curricula would promote the loss of parental control over the very issues that should be taught and openly discussed in the home environment.”
“School choice in Wisconsin is pretty robust…. Now is the time for you to weigh in on this.”
-Julaine Appling, WFC president
Listen to Wisconsin Family Council’s radio show “Home Front” with WFC president Julaine Appling as she discusses the 2013-2014 state budget, particularly the school choice proposals in the budget.>>>>>Listen to podcast HERE.
There are three ways you can weigh in on school choice:
- Wisconsin Family Action has made it EASY for you to contact your state senator regarding school choice, and it’s FREE. Click HERE and fill in the blanks! We’ll take care of the rest! OR
- Go online www.legis.wisconsin.gov - Click on “WHO REPRESENTS ME?” to locate your legislator and their contact information. Make your own phone call today! OR
- Call the Legislative hotline at 800-362-9572. This will put you in contact with someone who can give you the name of your state senator and state representative; call them both!
“It’s your money, and maybe it’s your children that are involved.” – Julaine Appling
It’s time to let our elected officials know we believe in choice–school choice, that is!
Governor Walker’s 2013-2014 budget includes some encouraging expansion of school choice in Wisconsin, particularly in the Parental Choice Program or the “voucher program.”
Governor Walker recommends extending to low-income and working-class parents in eligible school districts the same private school option for their children that parents in Milwaukee and Racine currently enjoy. The eligible families must live in school districts containing at least 4,000 enrolled students and 2 underperforming (‘D’ or ‘F’) schools (currently Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Sheboygan, Superior, Waukesha, and West Allis-West Milwaukee). The expansion is capped at 500 students statewide in 2013-14 and 1,000 students in 2014-15.
Wisconsin Family Action supports this proposal.
- Parents are responsible for the education of their children. Having good choices of partners to choose from to help them with this critical responsibility is important. The expansion of this school choice program opens up additional options for many parents.
- Taxpayers get a better deal. The cost per pupil for students in the voucher program is currently a maximum of $6,442. The average per-pupil cost in Wisconsin’s public schools is over $11,000. Even with the Governor’s proposed increase in 2014-2015 for students in the voucher program ($7,050 K-8 and $7,856 9-12; vouchers have not increased for several years), taxpayers are saving money.
- Communities are also getting better prepared young people. Research on Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program shows better graduation rates among students who have been in the Choice Program and also has had a positive impact on Milwaukee Public Schools’ overall academic performance and graduation rates because of the competition choice schools create.
Joint Finance Committee is taking up the budget now in preparation for votes in the Assembly and the Senate. Now is the time to let members of the state senate in particular know you support giving parents more options for the education of their children.
Here are some ways YOU can TAKE ACTION TODAY:
1. Click here to send your state senator an email encouraging him/her to support the Governor’s school choice expansion OR
2. Call your state senator and deliver this simple message: “I urge you to support the Govenor’s school choice expansion plan in the state budget. It’s good for parents and children and for taxpayers–both of which make it very good for Wisconsin.” Click here to find your state senator and his/her contact information.
3. Share this information with family/friends, encouraging them to join you in contacting their state senator on this important matter.
- Statewide races on everyone’s ballot (see below for endorsements and more info on these candidates)
–1 seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court (incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone) Click here for candidate comparisons.
–State Superintendent of Public Instruction (incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore) Click here for candidate comarisons.
- Many (over 6500 offices with over 9700 candidates!) local races for mayor, city council, town/village board, county board, school board, municipal judges, county (circuit court) judges, courts of appeal and several referenda.
- Check your sample ballot. (Click on “regular voter” and follow instructions from there.)
- Polls open statewide 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Click HERE to find your polling place. Once you fill in the requested information, a new page will come up with your name and address. Click on your name. That will take you to a page with general election/voting information. On the left side bar click on “Election & Polling Place Info”
WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTON PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS
- WI Supreme Court – Pat Roggensack
- Appleton School Board – John DeVantier
- Bonduel School Board – Kara Skarlupka
- Marshfield School Board – Scott Noble
- West Bend School Board – Tim Stepanski
- Cady Town Chairman – Todd Koeppel
- Greenville Town Board – Brian Heyer
INFORMATION ON STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
- Click here to see Don Pridemore’s responses to Wisconsin Family Council’s survey (see p. 2 of document). His endorsements may be found here.
- Incumbent Tony Evers did not respond to the survey. Click here to see endorsements for Tony Evers.
- If you haven’t already voted early/absentee, be sure you get to the polls today!
- Call 3 or 4 (or more!) friends, family members, fellow church goers and make sure they either have or definitely will be voting today.
- This will likely be a low voter-turnout election. Your vote is especially important in such elections.