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January 7, 2008

Recognize (Wisconsin Virtual School's) school's success

Kathy Hennings [Hennings teaches at the Wisconsin Virtual Academy]:

Imagine if you were a member of a union whose actions hurt children and cost you your job.

Welcome to my world.

I am a teacher with the Wisconsin Virtual Academy, one of Wisconsin's most successful public virtual schools. Prior to working at WIVA, I spent 30 years employed in traditional brick-and-mortar public schools. I am also a dues-paying member of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

Public virtual schools offer students a unique opportunity within the public school realm. A rigorous and rich curriculum, which meets Wisconsin standards, is provided for each child enrolled. In my school, licensed, experienced teachers instruct students and partner with parents (who strongly value their child's education) to ensure the curriculum is carried out. Online scripted lessons, written by professionals in the field, are presented to the students at their own pace. Because a student does not need to move along with the masses in a classroom of 25 to 30, individualized attention can be given.


That WEAC, my union, doesn't care that these schools successfully educate kids at a substantial savings to taxpayers is a disgrace.

I hope the Supreme Court and lawmakers who may address this situation will agree with parents and teachers and not with WEAC. Otherwise, 3,000 kids in a half-dozen schools across the state will be forced out of the public schools that work best for them.

Much more on the Wisconsin Virtual Academy & WEAC's lawsuit - supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, here.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at January 7, 2008 12:30 PM
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