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Coalition Urges Support For Leading on Lead Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 05 May 2017 17:27

drinking-waterThousands of children across Wisconsin are exposed to toxic lead when they drink water due to old and deteriorating lead pipes. Healthcare Professionals, Environmental Groups, Faith Leaders support SB 48

Community Schools Act Will Strengthen Public Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 05 May 2017 16:10

school-bus-kidsLegislators and stakeholders highlight the benefits of the community school model on our students, teachers, and communities.

MILWAUKEE, WI – Senators Chris Larson and LaTonya Johnson and Representatives Chris Sinicki, David Crowley, and Jonathan Brostoff were joined by stakeholders Angelina Cruz, Wisconsin Coalition for Community Schools and Bianca Williams-Griffin, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association to announce the Community Schools Act at the Hopkins Lloyd Community School here Thursday.

The community school model ensures access to high-quality, public education that is trans-formative and sustainable, while fostering community-based solutions to local challenges.

The Community Schools Act provides start-up funding for community schools, which offer students and families a variety of critical programs and resources on top of a traditional curriculum. These services include physical and mental health care, after-school care, academic mentoring, and family support. The goal of these programs is to promote student learning, strengthen families, and create healthier communities. The community school model depends on collaboration with partner organizations to achieve these goals.

chris-larson“Every child in Wisconsin deserves a fair shot and an equal opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Sen. Larson. “That’s why it’s unacceptable that our public schools have faced catastrophic cuts, while taxpayer dollars flow to unaccountable private voucher schools. The Community Schools Act helps reverse this trend and guarantees that our students have the support they need to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.”

Community schools provide benefits to their surrounding communities, both urban and rural, such as year-round health, wellness, social, and emotional services and empowering students to achieve academically by ensuring access to needed resources. The community school model proactively addresses the complex range of factors that lead to underachievement, while strengthening local communities in the process.

The Community Schools Act includes provisions to ensure that both rural and urban school districts in Wisconsin can benefit from the host of opportunities the community school model provides.

The deadline for legislators to sign on as a co-sponsor is Thursday, May 11 and will subsequently be formally introduced.

Joint Transportation Committee Should Work Together PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:19

road-local-wiLawmakers need to address the funding crisis for our crumbling infrastructure.

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) joined with Senate Democratic Leader Jen Shilling on Wednesday to propose a joint bipartisan transportation committee consisting of four Republican and four Democratic lawmakers to address the funding crisis for our crumbling infrastructure. After six years of total Republican control and no long-term solutions to sustainably fund our roads and bridges, Democratic leaders hope that Republicans will be willing to work together for the benefit of all Wisconsin residents.

peter_barca“With transportation, we need to look at the whole picture in an open and transparent way,” said Rep. Barca. “That has to include the men and women who roll up their sleeves every day to complete projects on time, with quality workmanship at a fair wage. We need to hear from Wisconsinites who drive our roads every day. We want input from the business community that depends on reliable roads and bridges. Democrats want a deal that includes meaningful infrastructure reform, invests in our communities and expands economic opportunities. It’s time for Republicans to come to the table and develop a sustainable transportation plan.”


Olivia Hwang contributed this article.

Democrats Call On Committee to Break Budget Stalemate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:01

road-closed-delayPoliticians in Wisconsin gridlocked over how to address the state’s transportation funding deficit.

MADISON, WI – With top Republican politicians in Wisconsin gridlocked over how to address the state’s transportation funding deficit, Democratic lawmakers want to break the stalemate by creating a Joint Transportation Committee to craft a long-term funding solution. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) unveiled their proposal Wednesday in an effort to avoid project delays and further job losses.

jennifer-shilling“Democrats have been talking about this crisis and putting forward solutions for years,” said Sen. Shilling. “Gov. Walker and Republican politicians have been unable to work together and come to a consensus. We can create a better deal for taxpayers and workers if we move beyond partisan posturing, special interest demands and counterproductive veto threats. A joint committee - with equal input from both sides - can break the current stalemate and expand economic opportunities for Wisconsin workers, businesses and communities.”

The plan from Democratic Leaders calls for the creation of a bipartisan joint Senate and Assembly committee consisting of four Republican and four Democratic lawmakers. The committee would be charged with soliciting public input, developing a long-term transportation funding plan, protecting Wisconsin jobs, expanding job training opportunities and improving project safety. All proposals to increase and broaden revenue streams, address recent workplace restrictions and restore fair worker wages would be on the table.

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