“State of the Educator” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We open the show with immediate reactions to the full scale invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin, and the odd split on the conflict in the Trump-era GOP. Is the backing of Putin by Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump himself, and others the new normal in Republican foreign policy? We welcome new WEAC president Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her first interview on Battleground Wisconsin to dig into what is behind the record number of teachers who want to leave their profession. Is conservative scapegoating of schools and educators making the professional unlivable? Turning to the State Legislature, we evaluate a series of historically bad bills that gut public education, expand a separate private education system, and break up Milwaukee Public Schools without any consultation from the parents and school board members of Milwaukee. Claire updates us on Senate Republican attacks on BadgerCare by GOP legislators. Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and community and labor leaders continued a push for Build Back Better and the jobs it will create this week with a media event. Finally we close by encouraging our listeners to attend a Solidarity Rally @ Noon Saturday in support of UAW Oshkosh Co. workers’ effort to land the USPS truck contract, and introduce Sulma Arieas, the new Executive Director of People’s Action.
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- Kids Forward: Senate Passes Bills Scapegoating People on BadgerCare.
- Senate Passes Medicaid Bills Impacting Family Caregivers and People with Disabilities in BadgerCare.
- Assembly passes education bills impacting students with disabilities.
- Bill offering private school vouchers to all students could raise property taxes as much as $577M.
- Wisconsin Assembly passes bill that would break up Milwaukee Public Schools.
- George Goehl: What I Love About the New Director of People’s Action.