Greetings from your WSPA President!
Here are the highlights of what I have been involved in since the last Sentinel.
WSPA jumped into action on 2 pieces of proposed legislation with 24 hours to act. These bills would further limit access to pupil records, not allow for schools to gather biometric data on pupils, and (among many other things) significantly limit the amount of information DPI could collect on students. Please see John Humphries article on our response to these bills elsewhere in this newsletter.
I appeared as a guest panelist on the PBS television show, “Teen Connection.” This television show focused on school safety and bullying. It was aired live in Green Bay on December 17 and will be re-aired several times in 5 states. I was asked to represent WSPA on this show given my prior participation in the 2013 State Superintendent’s Summit on School Safety and other DPI sponsored events. Steve Fernan (Head of Prevention and Wellness at DPI), a mother and sister of a boy who died by suicide after being bullied, a Latino girl who was bullied for her race and immigration status in high school, and another teen working to end bullying in her school were panelists. Please check out the show at http://wpt.org/TeenConnection/main if you are interested. I appear in the second half of hour-long show.
I worked with Veronica Milling, Danielle Brown, Linda Servais and Mike Lackas (WSPA mental health committee, other WSPA board members and our association manager) to coordinate efforts with the Wisconsin School-Based Mental Health Coalition (SBMHC) in Madison.
I wish you a wonderful winter/spring and look forward to communicating again soon. Please check our website www.wspaonline.net for updates!
Your WSPA President,