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Lake Winnebago Algae Event

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On Saturday, I attended the Lake Winnebago Algae event where Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservationist Paul Tollard and other speakers talked about the current problem of the increased amount of algae on the east side of Lake Winnebago. I appreciate the efforts from Winnebago Park Association Inc. as we look for reasonable ways to solve this problem.

State School Test Scores

On September 12th, the Wisconsin Department of Education released the statewide test scores for the 2018-19 school year, the 4th consecutive year of using the Forward exam. Based on the results, I believe Wisconsin's overall test scores are headed in the wrong direction, and of major concern is the downward trend in reading scores, the core of education attainment. The Legislature has dedicated increasing amounts of funding toward K-12 education every year since 2012, and yet 60% of Wisconsin students cannot read or write at grade level. In some demographics I examined, reading scores have decreased by over ten percentage points in the last 4 years. This downward trend of reading proficiency in our state must stop.

It is time to abandon the failed reading methods being taught to our future teachers in some of our colleges of education. The consistent failures of the "whole language" reading approach, no matter how it is packaged, made it clear the necessary re-direction of our state. A return to the historical, science-based basics of reading instruction will reverse the current downward trend. We must emulate the methods of those schools that are effectively employing reading instruction. I encourage Wisconsin parents to study the data and use the educational choices available to them to find schools that will teach our youngsters to read using scientifically proven methods.

I was asked to do the GOP statewide address for the week to cover this issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE2jY66o2oE.

Testifying on SB 214 and SB 332

On Thursday, I testified on SB 214 and SB 332 (the Senate versions of the bills I introduced in the Assembly - AB 204 and AB 358) before the Senate Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts. SB 214, which relates to municipal ordinance enforcement and court procedures, introduces provisions that promote statutory clarity, best practices, system efficiency, and cost reduction while protecting the rights of both municipalities and defendants. SB 332 would allow victims of sexual assault to access information regarding the status of their sexual assault kit as it proceeds through the criminal justice process. This will be a survivor focused system that will ensure the privacy and protection of the survivor at every step, while adding a layer of autonomy that gives the survivor the ability to be informed and involved in the process. The system will help revolutionize the criminal justice process for all involved in sexual assault cases. With their bipartisan support, I am hopeful that both bills will pass the Senate committee.

U.S. Air Force's Birthday

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Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force! Both my father and brother served in the Air Force, and I am proud of their service. I thank current and former members for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifices made for this country since 1947 when the National Security Act was signed into law.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, September 20 – National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Saturday, September 21 – Batman Day
  • Sunday, September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day
  • Monday, September 23 – Family Day
  • Tuesday, September 24 – National Voter Registration Day
  • Wednesday, September 25 – National Comic Book Day
  • Thursday, September 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - September 20
  • 1854 – Battle of the Alma: first major battle of the Crimean War. The British and French alliance defeated the Russians.
  • 1881 – Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as 21st president.
  • 1953 – Cubs Ernie Banks hit his 1st major league HR.
  • 1963 – JFK proposed a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon.
  • 1985 – Milestone: Walt Disney World reached its 200 millionth guest.
  • 2001 - In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a "war on terror."