Gov. Scott Walker wants to create a new pathway for people
with "real-life experience" to get licensed to
teach in Wisconsin, but his proposal raised concerns
Thursday among those in the education community because it
requires no training in how to be an effective teacher.
plan was one sentence in a news release that detailed other
initiatives designed to help create jobs in high-demand
fields. His plan would allow someone to forego
collegiate-level education courses and instead permit anyone
with a bachelor's degree who can demonstrate proficiency in
the areas they want to teach to be licensed.
only apply to subjects in grades 6 to 12. The license would
be valid for three years.
statewide teachers union and the lobbyist for a group
representing school principals, superintendents and other
administrators criticized the proposal.
got some significant concerns about its philosophical
underpinning," said John Forester, lobbyist for the
School Administrators Alliance.
He said the
evidence shows that high-quality preparation for teachers is
what really matters for schoolchildren. Forester said
Walker's proposal "bypasses the skill of being able to
teach in an understandable way to children."
Kippers, a Racine teacher and president of the Wisconsin
Education Association Council, noted that there are already
alternative paths for licensing that require instruction on
how to be an effective educator.
child should have a caring, qualified and committed teacher
with a solid background in how to teach, along with what to
teach," Kippers said in a statement.
proposal would require the state Department of Public
Instruction to create a competency exam. DPI spokesman Tom
McCarthy raised the same concerns that teachers and
need more than textbook knowledge to be the kind of teacher
that connects with students and helps all kids learn,"
he said. "Like a skilled surgeon or a master
electrician, high-quality teaching requires both skills and
department's alternative methods to obtaining a teaching
license generally require previous teaching experience or
are largely targeted to specific high-needs areas.
proposes technical college tuition freeze
Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a partial freeze on tuition
at Wisconsin's technical college system as part of his plan
to help put people to work.
Thursday said his state budget would include a proposal to
freeze tuition for technical college students who go into
high-demand fields. He had promised to make that proposal
during last year's campaign.
He is also
calling for increasing aid for technical college
scholarships and making all state aid to technical colleges
dependent on meeting worker training requirements.
requirement would take place gradually and not be fully in
effect until 2020.
details about the proposals were to be included in Walker's
budget, which he is releasing to the Legislature on Feb. 3.
governor touts drug testing for aid recipients
Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin would be required to
undergo drug testing and could be limited in how long they
can receive benefits under measures proposed Thursday by
Gov. Scott Walker, who is positioning himself as a reformer
as he eyes a 2016 presidential run.
which Walker first proposed during his re-election campaign,
will be included in his state budget released to the
Republican-controlled Legislature on Feb. 3. Walker
announced for the first time Thursday that the plan would
apply to childless adults on Medicaid, as well as those
applying for or receiving aid from other state benefit
known nationally for effectively ending collective
bargaining for public workers in 2011, Walker is trying to
bring attention to other efforts he argues will bolster his
resume for reshaping government.
this budget, we are addressing some of the barriers keeping
people from achieving true freedom and prosperity and the
independence that comes with having a good job and doing it
well," Walker said in a statement.
states already require drug testing of at least some welfare
recipients, according to data from the National Conference
of State Legislatures. And four states require drug-testing
of at least some people filing for unemployment
idea has run into legal problems.
appeals court in December affirmed a ruling that a law in
Florida requiring mandatory drug testing of welfare benefit
applicants was unconstitutional. And Georgia officials last
year put on hold a new law requiring drug testing of food
stamp recipients amid concerns about its legality.
proposing that drug testing be required for childless adults
on Medicaid and everyone applying for or receiving benefits
from a variety of state aid programs, including unemployment
insurance and FoodShare, which is Wisconsin's food stamp
program. Walker said those who fail the drug test would be
given the opportunity to participate in a free
drug-treatment program and receive job training.
also calling for lowering from five to four years the total
period that able-bodied adults can receive welfare benefits
under the Wisconsin Works program.
save the state $3 million over two years, Walker's
spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said. She also said the drug test
requirement would save the state money, but estimates would
not be released until next month.
office did not say how many people would be subject to the
Barca, the Democratic minority leader in the Assembly, said
Walker's plan would "further hurt people striving to
get to the middle class" and his goal should be to help
all people in the state.