33 pages have the tag Education

    /news/columns/2018/blue-ribbon-commission-explores-school-funding-inequity/
    Summary: Linda Brown recently passed away in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Brown was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that struck down school segregation. Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll his n...
    Body: Blue Ribbon Commission Explores School Funding Inequity Linda Brown recently passed away in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Brown was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that struck down school segregation...
    /news/columns/2017/will-wisconsin-s-future-children-receive-an-equal-education/
    Summary: Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack of agreement on public education. They say no progress can happen until they round up necessary votes for the education portion of the budget. Privately, some GOP lawmakers are also angling to spend mone...
    Body: Will Wisconsin’s Future Children Receive an Equal Education? Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes. Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack o...

    2016

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    2017

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    2018

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    /news/columns/2017/it-s-time-for-a-hard-look-at-how-we-pay-for-schools/
    Summary: “It’s important, every so many years, we take a good look at how we fund schools,” said Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). “How do we … make sure our schools have what they need for the next 20 to 50 years.”
    Body: It’s Time for a Hard Look at How We Pay for Schools “It’s important, every so many years, we take a good look at how we fund schools,” said Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). “How do we … make sure our schools have what they need for the next 20 to...
    /news/columns/2017/free-tuition-for-two-year-and-tech-colleges-means-freedom-to-learn/
    Summary: “Every Wisconsinite should have access to education or training past high school… To be pursued at whatever point and pace makes sense for individual workers and industries,” wrote researchers at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) eight years...
    Body: Free Tuition for Two-Year and Tech Colleges Means Freedom to Learn “Every Wisconsinite should have access to education or training past high school… To be pursued at whatever point and pace makes sense for individual workers and industries,” wrot...
    /news/columns/2014/wisconsin-leading-the-way-in-state-cuts-to-schools/
    Summary: A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts per pupil.
    Body: “Hard to believe we are in competition for last place!” said Pepin Superintendent Bruce Quinton. This is hard to believe indeed. A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts p...
    /news/columns/2014/recent-school-referenda-pass-voters-show-strong-support-for-local-schools/
    Summary: “I voted for the referendum,” the Mondovi woman told me. “I don’t have kids. I know it’s going to raise my property taxes. I don’t want to pay more, but I think we need to keep good schools.”
    Body: “I voted for the referendum,” the Mondovi woman told me. “I don’t have kids. I know it’s going to raise my property taxes. I don’t want to pay more, but I think we need to keep good schools.” All across Wisconsin voters chose to raise property ta...

    Our Children’s Future

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2014/our-children-s-future/
    Summary: I spent the morning sharing my life as state Senator with many intelligent, interested young adults. They were as eager to learn about public service as I was to share. Many of them never thought about a career as an elected official.
    Body: School Visit and Community Forum Raise Questions “Your future awaits,” the Student Council President said as he handed students the schedule for Career Day. He then led me to the computer lab where my first class waited. I spent the morning sh...
    /news/columns/2014/plan-unveiled-to-gradually-privatize-public-schools/
    Summary: “If I was going to write a bill to privatize public schools,” the Senate staffer told our small group, “this is what it would look like.”
    Body: “If I was going to write a bill to privatize public schools,” the Senate staffer told our small group, “this is what it would look like.” We were reviewing a new version of a bill to test students attending private schools using state tax dollars...
    /news/columns/2014/school-bells-ring-local-schools-see-fewer-state-dollars-while-private-voucher-schools-win-big/
    Summary: “How is it possible that private voucher schools can receive almost four and a half times the state funding per student as our public school district receives in equalized aid,” Pepin School Superintendent Bruce Quinton wrote me.
    Body: “How is it possible that private voucher schools can receive almost four and a half times the state funding per student as our public school district receives in equalized aid,” Pepin School Superintendent Bruce Quinton wrote me. As a new school...
    /news/columns/2014/legislative-spat-signals-slow-down-for-privatized-public-schools/
    Summary: “There’s ‘no appetite’ for passing a bill this year that imposes sanctions against poorly performing public or private voucher schools” reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an Associate Press story.
    Body: “There’s ‘no appetite’ for passing a bill this year that imposes sanctions against poorly performing public or private voucher schools” reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an Associate Press story. “No appetite” was code for “we don’t have...
    /news/columns/2014/independent-charter-schools-siphoning-off-public-money-to-private-interests/
    Summary: “Will the Legislature allow statewide expansion of charter schools and how will that affect my local public school?”
    Body: “Will the Legislature allow statewide expansion of charter schools and how will that affect my local public school?” This question is one I hear so often particularly in communities where people are worried about the future of their small local s...
    /news/columns/2015/teacher-shortage-who-will-teach-the-children/
    Summary: “Please sound the alarm,” Superintendent Mary Baier wrote to me. “We are not able to find people to fill positions in Wisconsin.” She needed a special education teacher and only one applicant had applied to her rural Plum City district.
    Body: “Please sound the alarm,” Superintendent Mary Baier wrote to me. “We are not able to find people to fill positions in Wisconsin.” She needed a special education teacher and only one applicant had applied to her rural Plum City district. When the...

    “I Don’t Have A Clue”

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2015/i-don-t-have-a-clue/
    Summary: School Play Mirrors Confusion in Assembly Education Committee.
    Body: School Play Mirrors Confusion in Assembly Education Committee “Edgar: All right, everybody; back to the scene of the crime.“Ella: New clues?“Carol: What clues?“Bob: What’s the next clue?“Carol: I don’t have a clue.“Norman: (At the window box, d...

    “I’m Counting on You”

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2015/i-m-counting-on-you/
    Summary: In late night budget action, after freezing the school revenue limit and allowing no increase in aid, the Republican majority voted to strip away teaching standards.
    Body: Removal of Teaching Standards Fires Up Folks “I’m counting on you,” Tracy from Mondovi wrote me. “The architects of the Joint Finance Committee’s education budget package wrongly assumes that anyone can teach by allowing those with minimal qua...
    /news/columns/2015/i-agree-governor-let-s-make-public-schools-whole/
    Summary: In a recent late night session, …Republicans on the Joint Finance committee opened wide the spigot of state money flowing to private schools.
    Body: “Our number one priority gotta to be make (sic) sure that we make K-12 schools, public education in the state, a priority to make sure they’re held whole,” said Governor Walker on April 23rd, as quoted by Wisconsin Radio Network. I agree, Governo...
    /news/columns/2015/farmers-say-budget-damages-farm-research-schools-and-conservation-input/
    Summary: “It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol office. Local farmers were visiting as part of Ag Day at the Capitol.
    Body: “It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol office. Local farmers were visiting as part of Ag Day at the Capitol. Th...
    /news/columns/2015/details-buried-deep-in-budget-affect-students-and-voters/
    Summary: “I didn’t know that was a part of the state budget,” the parent told me.
    Body: “I didn’t know that was a part of the state budget,” the parent told me. That was the reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota to allow students from across state lines to attend public universities at in-state tuition costs. This ar...
    /news/columns/2016/school-budget-proposal-brings-needed-relief/
    Summary: “Over the past four years, we have seen an increased reliance on referenda to keep the lights on,” State Superintendent Tony Evers announced as he released his school budget proposal.
    Body: School Budget Proposal Brings Needed Relief “Over the past four years, we have seen an increased reliance on referenda to keep the lights on,” State Superintendent Tony Evers announced as he released his school budget proposal. “Around the state...

    School Funding Hits Home

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2016/school-funding-hits-home/
    Summary: What’s wrong with school funding? Explaining this to voters is difficult. Try explaining it to a ninth grader who is losing a favorite teacher. The teacher is not retiring. At 53 and after teaching for 29 years, he lost his job.
    Body: School Funding Hits Home What’s wrong with school funding? Explaining this to voters is difficult. Try explaining it to a ninth grader who is losing a favorite teacher. The teacher is not retiring. At 53 and after teaching for 29 years, he lost...
    /news/columns/2016/referenda-sustain-schools-during-time-of-decreasing-state-support/
    Summary: “School districts these days more or less live and die by these referendums in terms of their ability to sustain programs and staff,” Dan Rossmiller of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) recently said.
    Body: Referenda Sustain Schools During Time of Decreasing State Support “School districts these days more or less live and die by these referendums in terms of their ability to sustain programs and staff,” Dan Rossmiller of the Wisconsin Association...
    /news/columns/2017/school-funding-it-s-about-more-than-money/
    Summary: “Public education in Wisconsin should provide high quality learning for ALL children no matter who they are or where they live,” Eau Claire School Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle recently told me.
    Body:   School Funding: It’s about More than Money “Public education in Wisconsin should provide high quality learning for ALL children no matter who they are or where they live,” Eau Claire School Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle recently told me....
    /news/columns/2017/school-visit-to-the-arctic-zone-prompts-thinking-anew-about-education/
    Summary: Two six-graders recently showed me around their classrooms. Desks were not in straight rows. Students were not waiting their turn with raised hands. I looked around the room. There actually were no desks at all, but tables and different types of c...
    Body:   School Visit to the “ARCTIC Zone” Prompts Thinking Anew about Education Two six-graders recently showed me around their classrooms. Desks were not in straight rows. Students were not waiting their turn with raised hands. I looked around the ro...
    /news/columns/2017/youth-in-government-day-engages-teens/
    Summary: “Imagine you could make the laws. What would you change about how things are run?” My question to the students spurred a long discussion about change in our world.
    Body:   Youth in Government Day Engages Teens “Imagine you could make the laws. What would you change about how things are run?” My question to the students spurred a long discussion about change in our world. Almost 100 high school students recently...
    /news/press-releases/2016/mr-humphries-long-on-blame-short-on-facts/
    Summary: Recent voucher-convert John Humphries has been busy spending his days writing pieces for Right Wisconsin, retweeting voucher leaders, and creating conspiracy theories that school report cards are rigged. But here is the problem: the report card c...
    Body:   Mr. Humphries - Long on Blame, Short on Facts Recent voucher-convert John Humphries has been busy spending his days writing pieces for Right Wisconsin, retweeting voucher leaders, and creating conspiracy theories that school report cards are r...
    /news/columns/2016/local-referenda-replace-the-lack-of-state-education-funds/
    Summary: From Arrowhead to West Salem, voters across the state are considering the future of their school districts when they go to the polls. Citizens in 46 districts will be asked to approve referenda.
    Body: Local Referenda Replace the Lack of State Education Funds From Arrowhead to West Salem, voters across the state are considering the future of their school districts when they go to the polls. Citizens in 46 districts will be asked to approve refe...
    /news/columns/2016/concerns-about-rising-property-taxes-support-more-state-aid-for-schools/
    Summary: “Is the strategy in the state to move all funding for schools to the local level?” a local school official asked me.
    Body: August 3, 2016   Concerns about Rising Property Taxes? Support More State Aid for Schools  “Is the strategy in the state to move all funding for schools to the local level?” a local school official asked me. I hesitated. No one in Madison – th...

    Who Will Be My Teacher?

    Last edited: 10/27/2016

    /news/columns/2016/who-will-be-my-teacher/
    Summary: “Who will be my teacher?” my son asked me years ago. For a brief point in time, the teacher was the most important person in his young life.
    Body:   Who Will Be My Teacher? “Who will be my teacher?” my son asked me years ago. For a brief point in time, the teacher was the most important person in his young life. As children head back to school and parents scramble with new schedules, scho...
    /news/columns/2016/residents-question-public-school-money-going-to-private-schools/
    Summary: “I am paying for private schools with my taxes?” the women from Pepin asked following my presentation at a recent Town Hall meeting. “Yes, you are,” I told her.
    Body:   Residents Question Public School Money Going to Private Schools “I am paying for private schools with my taxes?” the women from Pepin asked following my presentation at a recent Town Hall meeting. “Yes, you are,” I told her. Residents were su...
    /news/columns/2016/private-school-subsidy-for-special-education-raises-concerns-about-quality-and-cost/
    Summary: “When you write about tax money going to private schools, please tell people about special education vouchers,” a rural school board member told me. “Because of a change in state law, our school district is paying for special education students to...
    Body:   Private School Subsidy for Special Education Raises ConcernsAbout Quality and Cost “When you write about tax money going to private schools, please tell people about special education vouchers,” a rural school board member told me. “Because of...
    /news/columns/2016/budget-cuts-to-education-cost-all-of-us/
    Summary: Mike told me his department used to have 15 professors. They now have 11 – soon to be 10. They plan to replace the person leaving but it’s getting harder to recruit and retain faculty.
    Body: Budget Cuts to Education Cost All of Us “We hired a great inorganic chemistry professor last year,” Mike, a UW-River Falls chemistry professor, told me. “Unfortunately she’s leaving in May for St. Olaf.” I visited St. Olaf in Northfield, Minnes...