Money, or the lack of it, will be the talk at the National Education Association Representative Assembly in San Diego. Wisconsin Education Association Council ( WEAC ) President Mary Bell says adapting to the recession is on "everyone's agenda."
Despite federal stimulus money, school districts in the state will come up short financially. When that happens, teachers can be laid off and programs such as art and music often end up on the chopping block. The WEAC president says physical education, which can affect lifelong health, may also be cut.
Also on the agenda is boosting accountability and evolving education. Bell says Wisconsin has taken great steps in improving mathematics and English language standards.
The NEA conference runs July 3 to 6.