Robin Vos Weekly E-Update.
Robin Vos Weekly E-Update.
Robin Vos Weekly E-Update.

 

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Civics Education

This week, I introduced Assembly Bill 563, which creates a civics requirement for high school graduation. It will ensure that students will be taught about the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Students will also engage in comparative discussions of governing philosophies around the world such as communism, socialism and totalitarianism compared to the founding principles of freedom and democracy we hold so dear in the United States.

Across the nation, we are facing a civics education crisis. Civility, respectful discourse, and a basic understanding of how the U.S. government operates is severely lacking among students and adults. Only 24 percent of students in eighth-grade were at or above proficiency in civics according to the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In other words, 75 percent of eighth-grade students are not proficient in civics. The news is even worse in US History as only 15 percent of students are at or above proficiency according to the 2018 NAEP U.S. History Assessment. This is simply not acceptable.

Adults aren’t fairing much better. A 2016 survey showed only 26 percent of Americans could name all three branches of government and 31 percent could not name any of the branches of government.  The Pew Research Center came out with a report in 2016 that among 35 developed countries, the U.S. ranks 31st in voter participation.

The United States is a democracy. By definition, the government is run by the people, which makes it critical that our public education system teach students how our government works and the importance of engaging in it as informed citizens. 

As a society, we should strive for maximum civic engagement. We live in the greatest nation in the world and experience freedoms that many people in countries around the world never have the opportunity to experience. We cannot take this for granted. We need to do a better job of informing our citizens of the vital role we all play in our government. We must fight against civic ignorance. As we emphasize civic education, we encourage diversity of thought, critical thinking, and open dialogue and debate.


Helping Afghan Refugees

Residents of the 63rd District, Kurt and Kris Paskewic, are collecting items for the Afghan refugees who have been brought to Wisconsin. Kurt is in the Air Force and stationed at the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee.

I’m happy to share a message from Kris:

Regardless of your political views, please know that these Afghan people lost everything when the Taliban took over their country and they fled to America with only the items they could carry.

Whatever we collect will be taken to Fort McCoy where the Afghan refugees are located on Monday, September 20th.

Below is a list of needed items. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Clothing - Summer/Fall clothing is only being accepted at this time. All clothes must be unbranded (for example: no Disney characters, no Nike logo, etc.)

*For men - modest clothing like shirts, pants, socks, shoes, and undergarments in various sizes

*For women - modest long-sleeve crew neck shirts, long pants, socks, shoes, and undergarments to remain culturally appropriate in various sizes.

*Children - please match the gender appropriate recommendations for men and women. All age ranges and sizes are needed.

Hygiene items

*Diapers of assorted sizes and wipes

*Baby shampoo and lotion

*Bars of soap (no liquid soap please)

*Adult shampoo

*Deodorant

*Toothpaste/Toothbrushes

*Shower Shoes

*Feminine hygiene products

Other needed items

*Baby formula/Bottles

*Blankets

*Swaddles

*Bottled water

*Shelf stable and ready-to-eat foods that require minimal preparation. Individually packaged whenever possible

*Reusable, durable water bottles

*Backpacks

*Hats

*Sunscreen

*Bug Spray

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate, please feel free to drop off donations at:

Byfuglien

4310 Conifer Ct., Suite #101

Union Grove, WI

262-878-5000

 

Normal hours are 9am - 6pm Monday through Friday and someone will be at the shop from 10am - 4pm this Saturday and Sunday.


Broad Public Input on Redistricting Efforts

The people of Wisconsin want transparency, they want checks and balances, and they want cooperation. On August 1, the Legislature launched a website called Draw Your District Wisconsin for any Wisconsinite to provide input on the 2021 redistricting process.

We recently sent a letter to all representatives and senators inviting input, and to share with their constituents who may be interested. A letter was also sent to the governor’s hand-selected ‘People’s Maps Commission’ for their participation. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, October 15.

The people of Wisconsin elected us as their representatives, and it is the duty of the Legislature to draw new boundaries, not a governor or his unelected appointees. If he or any of the members from his commission decide to submit a plan, we will certainly consider what they produce. With this broad public input, we are confident we will create a map that the governor will sign.


Calendar of Events

CCHS Homecoming Parade. Catholic Central High School. Thursday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m

Oktoberfest at Runaway Micropub & Nanobrewery. In the Loop on Chestnut St. Saturday, Sept. 18 9 a.m – 9 p.m. 

Burlington Farmer's Market. Wehmhoff Square Park. Thursdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., May 13th through October. 

Farmer's Market - Waterford. Creative Spaces Studios, 318 E. Main St, Waterford. Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June through October.

 



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