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May 25, 2018
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Lakeland Union Students Win C-Span Contest

Four students from Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) were recognized for their winning projects in C-SPAN's Student Cam contest. StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think about issues that affect their communities and our nation. Students were asked to create a short video documentary on a topic related to the 2018 competition theme: The Constitution & You. Students must choose a provision in the constitution and create a video demonstrating why it is important to them. 

The contest drew nearly 3,000 video submissions from across the country. In total, 150 students and 53 teachers were awarded prizes. Two projects from LUHS were awarded prize money:
The Team from C-SPAN and Principal Bouché joined me in presenting legislative citations to Skylar, Aidan, Anthony and Zachary.
To celebrate Skylar, Aidan, Anthony and Zachary on their win, the C-SPAN Bus came to visit LUHS this past Monday. Prior to touring the C-SPAN Bus, there was an award recognition ceremony that invited students and faculty from LUHS to congratulate their classmates. Staff from C-SPAN joined me and LUHS Principal Jim Bouché to present the students with legislative citations to honor their work on these projects. It was exciting to learn more about the projects these students created.

Following the ceremony, students and faculty from LUHS had the opportunity to tour the C-SPAN Bus. The bus provides visitors with a hands-on look into C-SPAN's extensive video archive. Using tablets, video stations and even a mock studio, visitors can learn more about the political process through over 200,000 hours of video footage collected by C-SPAN since 1979.

This was a great experience for the students of LUHS to learn more about our nation's government and I am glad I had the opportunity to attend. Congratulations Skylar, Aidan, Anthony and Zachary! I hope you continue to share an interest in public policy as you continue in your studies. 
Left: The C-SPAN Bus was parked at LUHS for students and faculty to tour during their school day.
Right: I was pleased to recognize the hard work that Skylar, Aidan, Anthony and Zachary completed on their projects during the award recognition ceremony. 
Memorial Day Weekend
 
Annually, on the final Monday in May, we gather and honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and its freedoms. Since May of 1868, when Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th, our nation (and the state of Wisconsin) has held this day as a close and constant reminder that many men and women across our nation have given their lives for the longevity of our union.

Over time, Memorial Day has evolved into the federal holiday that we recognize today. The original proclamation for Decoration Day was in solidarity of the fallen soldiers from the Civil War. As our entire nation began to observe this holiday together, we also began to honor the fallen soldiers from all wars, not simply the Civil War. In 1971, the present-day observation of Memorial Day was solidified when Congress officially declared a federal holiday on the final Monday in May.

Last year I challenged everyone to take time out of their weekend to attend one of the many observances in our local communities and I renew my call this year. In lieu of an extended calendar of events, I have formulated a calendar of local observances this weekend at the bottom of my newsletter. I tried my best to include as many local events this weekend as possible. This year, I will be speaking at the Antigo Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

Wisconsin has lost nearly 27,000 of its brave citizens since the culmination of the Civil War. Any small commitment of our time pales in comparison to the sacrifice that these men and women have had for our country. As we reflect on the sacrifices of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, we must keep the promise that we will never, ever forget. 
Title I Distinction Awards
 
At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, 135 schools across Wisconsin were recognized as Title I Schools of Distinction. Six of those schools are from the 12th Senate District!

This distinction is given to schools that stand out for their commitment to education despite the financial hardships in their communities. All of the award winning schools receive federal Title I funding. This funding is given to schools that have the highest rates of economically disadvantaged students. In order to earn and retain their funding, these schools must meet state-test participation, attendance and drop out goals. 

Wisconsin identifies three categories of award levels that each have their own qualification criteria:
  • High-Achieving Schools - have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps, and demonstrate high achievement at the school level. Unfortunately, no schools in the 12th Senate District qualified for this award.
  • High-Progress Schools - fall within the 10 percent of schools experiencing growth  in reading and math for elementary and middle school students or the top ten percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates. Additionally, have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps. The schools in the 12th Senate District that won this award are:
    • Pembine Elementary School - Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District
    • Pembine High School - Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District
    • North Lakeland Elementary School - North Lakeland School District
  • Beating-the-Odds Schools - be in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts with similar grade configurations and poverty levels. The schools in the 12th Senate District that won this award are:
    • North Elementary School - Antigo Unified School District
    • Pembine Elementary School - Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District
    • Gillett Elementary School - Gillett School District
    • Gillett Middle School - Gillett School District
I want to congratulate the students, faculty and administrators at all of these schools and districts for their outstanding work. Thank you!

For more information about Title I Schools of Recognition Awards, please click here.
TEACH Grants
 
Governor Walker recently announced that 252 school districts across Wisconsin were awarded a total of $7.8 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants. These grant awards allow rural school districts to invest in technological resources for their students to better provide access to online educational tools. I am pleased to say that 21 of those school districts are located within the 12th Senate District:
  • Unified School District of Antigo - $60,000
  • Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District - $29,834
  • Bowler School District - $30,000
  • Elcho School District - $30,000
  • School District of Florence County - $30,000
  • Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District - $10,798
  • Lakeland Union High School - $30,000
  • Laona School District - $4,882
  • Lena Public Schools - $21,866
  • Menominee Indian School District - $28,770
  • Merrill Area Public School District - $60,000
  • Minocqua J1 School District - $19,615
  • School District of Niagara - $20,690
  • North Lakeland School District - $12,638
  • Northland Pines School District - $45,566
  • Oconto Falls Public Schools - $60,000
  • School District of Rhinelander - $60,000
  • Suring Public School District - $23,549
  • Three Lakes School District - $28,988
  • School District of Tomahawk - $49,560
  • Wittenberg-Birnamwood School - $23,599
It is important that our schools continue to increase access to technology for all students. I believe that increased technology in our schools will help our students excel in their future endeavors. For a full list of school districts that received grant awards, please click here. You can also find more information about TEACH grants here.
Campaign Communication Rules

Many of you may have noticed that if you are subscribed to your state representatives' newsletter lists you are no longer receiving updates from their offices. This is because Wisconsin Campaign Law contains limitations on the distribution of materials from state offices for public officials who are seeking reelection to their current office or election to a new state or federal office. In fact, state law prohibits the use of public funds for the cost of materials and/or the distribution of 50 or more pieces of identical material. We often refer to this rule as the "49-piece rule." This rule goes into effect during election cycle years on the first day that nomination papers are able to be distributed. For 2018 that day was April 15th. The rule will remain in effect until Election Day on November 8th. 

As such, those candidates are unable to distribute newsletters unless their weekly mailing list is less than 50 subscribers. Candidates are unable to distribute more than 49 Blue Books, road maps, business cards or any other office material. They are also limited to sharing press releases and editorial content for print to distribution lists that are smaller than 50 names. State offices are however allowed to continue mailing "Saw You in the News" clips, school group photos and replies to constituent inquires. 

As your State Senator, I will not be up for reelection until 2020. That means that I will continue to send weekly newsletters from my office and will be able to mail Blue Books and road maps to my constituents during this time. 
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
May 25 Holiday Flea Market Antigo
May 25-28 Memorial Day Weekend Celebration Oconto Falls
May 26 Dash O.F. Color Run/Walk Oconto Falls
May 26 Boat & Car Show Manitowish Waters
May 26 Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show and Sidewalk Sale Eagle River
May 26 Spring Plant Sale Florence
May 26 Red, White and Music Fest Crivitz
May 26 Memorial Classic Car Show Woodruff
May 26 Memorial Day Service Harshaw
May 26 Summer Launch Land O'Lakes
May 26-27 Classic Sled Round-Up St. Germain
May 26-27 Main Street Memories Car Show Tomahawk
May 27 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
May 27 Memorial Day Parade Mountain
May 27 The Big Event Manitowish Waters
May 28 Memorial Day Parade Antigo
May 28 St. Michael's Parish Memorial Day Cookout Keshena
May 28 Memorial Day Service Presque Isle
May 28 Memorial Day Service Boulder Junction
May 28 Memorial Day Ceremony Three Lakes
May 28 Memorial Day Observance Hiles
May 28 Memorial Day Service Crandon
May 28 Legion Post #341 Memorial Day Celebration Birnamwood
May 28 Memorial Day Service Laona
May 28 Memorial Day Service Wabeno
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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