State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2021
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105th Wisconsin State Senate Inauguration


On Monday, the 105th State Legislature was officially sworn in. In the Senate, we have eight new members, with a ninth new member arriving in April. Most senators were present in the chamber, socially distanced, with about half wearing masks. The senators not present were required to be in their capitol offices to participate in the session. In the Assembly, Democrats boycotted the inauguration.

Racine Unified Abandoned Learning This Spring

Only 13 of the 421 Districts in the State did not Offer Virtual Learning

I was disgusted to learn this week that RUSD failed to educate most of its students from March through September last year. Racine was one of just 13 school districts statewide to not offer ANY virtual education last spring. Racine was by far the largest and most urban district to not offer virtual education.
It’s unbelievable to me that Unified willingly abandoned its students this spring. It is simply crazy. According to state assessments, Unified students are already struggling, and RUSD’s answer was to say ‘we’re done for the year.’ What ever happened to problem solving?
According to the DPI, RUSD did not offer any online education because of “lack of internet access” and “lack of internet devices.” Without any sense of irony, RUSD claims they were able to educate children on what they had already learned by emailing, via the internet, packets of refresher materials to students.
I get that the pandemic and school closure caught people off guard. But 408 school districts were able to figure this out, including Milwaukee, Kenosha and every other urban district. Racine’s kids can’t be put further behind because of lack of leadership.
I’ve talked to many teachers (not family members) who have told me that RUSD’s leadership has been inconsistent and unfocused in its efforts to train both students and teachers in virtual learning. This has led to inconsistent and unfocused learning in their schools. It is unacceptable. Students deserve better. And for the taxes we pay for our schools, we should demand better.

Representative Wittke and I are scheduling on speaking with Superintendent Gallien next week, to address areas of mutual concern.
You can learn more about the DPI virtual learning report here.

Statement on Riots in Washington, D.C.

I understand the frustration and anger about the election. I really do. Like many others, I feel like my vote was stolen and that the claims of fraud were not properly investigated. People have a right to be angry. 
But, two wrongs don’t make a right. The violence at the Capitol must be condemned. It was unacceptable and un-American. I didn’t tolerate the violence and destruction in Kenosha and Madison this summer, and I don’t tolerate yesterday’s either. Violence and intimidation, no matter the motive, no matter the politics, has no place in our system of government.
The hundreds of thousands of people that protested peacefully outside the Capitol, and on the Mall did it right. The people who stormed the Capitol, caused chaos, and disrupted the proceedings did it wrong and caused harm to their movement. Just like the people who peacefully marched this summer did it right, and the people who burnt buildings, looted, and caused destruction did it wrong and caused harm to their movement.

DNR Seeks Locals Input Regarding Deer Herd Population Goals

Until January 13th, you may submit your thoughts regarding deer herd-size objectives in your county. The DNR and the County Deer Advisory Council would like your opinion for the 3-year deer population goals for the 2021-2023 deer hunting seasons.

To view the preliminary recommendations and provide feedback for your county, visit: Click.

Updated Kenosha COVID Testing Sites

Recently, there have been two changes to the COVID-19 testing locations in Kenosha County.
The Kenosha Community Health Center moved its drive-thru testing facility from Gateway Technical College to the former Chase Bank drive-thru at 5506 Seventh Ave. Kenosha, WI. This site will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with testing conducted by appointment only.

Registration and scheduling for testing at the KCHC site may be accessed at: Click.

Local independent pharmacy, Modern Apothecary, has teamed up with the Kenosha Fire Department to offer testing at the former Fire Station No. 3. They offer testing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with appointments strongly recommended.
For testing at the Modern Apothecary site at old Fire Station No. 3, advance registration is available at: Click and appointments may be made at: Click.

Fire Station No. 3 is located at 2121 Roosevelt Road. Testing hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
These testing opportunities are available to all who live or work in Wisconsin, ages 5 and up. No symptoms of COVID-19 are required. Individuals who are tested should expect results within seven days, accessible via the Wisconsin COVID-19 Result Hotline at 866-419-6988.
Those who are tested should remain quarantined at home until test results are returned if they have been in close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual.

A frequently updated list of testing sites in and around Kenosha County is available at: Click.
Issue 208
January 8th, 2021
Inauguration 2018

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