Nominate a First Responder


My office is now accepting nominations for the 2021 First Responder of the Year. This award recognizes public servants and everyday heroes in police, fire, and emergency services departments.

First responders, and their dedication to selfless service, are important members of our community. It is critical that we continue to thank them for their service, especially in such extraordinary times. This award marks one small way that we as a community can express our gratitude to all those who put their lives on the line for the safety of others.

If you know a police officer, sheriff's deputy, firefighter or emergency service provider that is extraordinary, please contact my office and nominate an award recipient. Nominations must be received by Friday, October 8. Click here to nominate a first responder.

 

Legislature is back in session

This week, the State Assembly held their first session of the Fall Floor Period and our focus was on education.

Assembly Bill (AB) 378, which I co-authored, is one key bill we voted on this week. AB 378 would create transparency for parents and the general public on how school districts spend money to educate our children. The bill directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create a “school expenditure portal” on the DPI website for anyone to easily access school spending information.

In addition to school spending transparency, Assembly Bill 488 will enhance curriculum transparency in Wisconsin. This legislation requires school boards to post learning materials and educational activities used for student instruction on their websites. Textbooks, outlines, syllabi and handouts are some of the many materials that would be posted for parents review on school websites. We passed AB 488.

Assembly Bill 420 addresses the disparity of state aid payments to charter schools authorized by tribal entities, and ensures that all pupils enrolled in independent charter schools across Wisconsin receive the same state aid. Assembly Bill 561 will require school boards, independent charter and choice schools to report to the DPI the number of students taking credit recovery courses. A “credit recovery course” is a program or course that allows a student to retake a course or make up credit for a course the student took but did not pass and that is required for high school graduation. We passed both AB 420 and AB 561.

We have a responsibility to families with children in our Wisconsin Schools – all schools. The abysmal reading and math proficiency in students statewide – approximately 600,000 children NOT meeting grade level – must not continue. Our focus on education this week in the State Assembly session is necessary for the future of Wisconsin families and workforce.

I welcome your thoughts on Wisconsin’s K-12 education.

 

State of Wisconsin Blue Books are now available!

The Blue Book and associated Study Guide is THE encyclopedic source for information about Wisconsin history, and a great gift for schoolchildren and adults alike. Request yours today!

Hey teachers and parents, the Wisconsin Blue Book is a great teaching tool!

If you would like a copy of the Wisconsin Blue Book, please email my office at rep.wittke@legis.wisconsin.gov.

 

Things to Do

  • Friday, October 1 - Franksville Craft Beer Garden Live Music Series (Last Day!)

  • Sunday, October 3 - 9th Annual Forest Festival, River Bend Nature Center

  • October 1-31 - Halloween Glow Drive Through, Racine Zoo

  • Month of October - Swan's Pumpkin Farm Fall Adventures

  • Fall Fun in Racine County

  • Racine County Eye

  • Real Racine