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Teachers Union Elects New Leadership

Members of the Racine Education Association Tuesday elected new leadership. Angelina Cruz and Ryan Knudson will take the president and vice-president roles, respectively, after REA members voted for them 253 to 196 against Aaron Eick and Mitchell Middle School teacher Keith Kohlman. Eick has been president since last December when Jennifer Levie stepped down. Cruz […]

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Caledonia 1st To Approve RAMAC’s Master Education Plan Concept

The Caledonia Village Board voted 4 to 0 in favor of supporting the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce’s intent to form a governing body to help create a master plan of education for Racine County. With an emphasis on the Racine Unified School District, the master plan would be patterned after the Nashville Academies Pathways […]

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Students, Parents, Teachers Participate in National Walk-In

Parents, staff, and students at Horlick High School as part of a national walk-in sponsored by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools voiced opposition to the block scheduling/academy implementation plan the Racine Unified School District is rolling out. About 50 people participated in a rally in front of the school at 6:30 a.m. at Horlick High School where they talked about […]

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Opinion: Why Racine Unified Should Make Educator Pay A Priority

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written by Naomi Baden, executive director for the REA-REAA. Baden is the executive director of the Racine Education Association and Racine Educational Assistants Association, the unions that represent the 2,000 professional educators (licensed and certified teachers, special education specialists, social workers, psychologists, educational assistants and school nurses) of the […]

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Racine Unified Teachers: Budget ‘Woefully Under Funds’ Pay

About 30 teachers and teachers’ assistants stood outside Horlick High School Monday afternoon calling for fair wages that keeps up with inflation for all teachers and teaching assistants in the Racine Unified School District. Members of the Racine Education Association (REA) will present its compensation proposal to the Racine Unified School District on Wednesday and the Racine Education Assistants Association (REAA) will be […]

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Wanggaard Defends Bill to Change How School Board Fills Vacancies

State Sen. Van Wanggaard is not backing away from a bill he and Rep. Tom Weatherston introduced to try and break the stalemate on the Racine Unified Board of Education. Both lawmakers are Republicans from Racine and Caledonia, respectively. At issue is the lack of movement on filling the seat left vacant when Lisa Parham […]

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Racine Unified Reschedules Meeting, But Handbook Changes Aren’t On Agenda

After two Racine Unified School District Board of Education members boycotted a meeting on Monday night over proposed changes to the employee handbook, a special board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20. But the items to be discussed at the special meeting won’t include the employee handbook changes. School board members Dennis Wiser and Julie McKenna […]

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Teachers Union Asks 2 Board Members To Ditch Handbook Change Vote

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17:  School board members Dennis Wiser and Julie McKenna will not be attending the school board meeting tonight, according to a joint press release issued at 3:30  p.m. Wiser and McKenna said they believe there should be more than six board members present. “The school board agenda for August 17 […]

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Educators’ Union Names First Female Executive Director

  Naomi Baden is the new executive director – and the first female with the title – of the REA-REAA (Racine Education Association-Racine Educational Assistants Association). REA President Jennifer Levie made the announcement Saturday in a written release. “Naomi represents all that is best about a new approach to public education unionism. She comes to us […]

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