40 pages have the tag Education: Public

  • /news/columns/2018/critical-needs-go-unmet-study-provides-insight-to-struggling-schools/
    Summary How can a rural school meet critical needs when money for schools is less than adequate?
    Body Critical Needs Go Unmet - Study Provides Insight to Struggling Schools How can a rural school meet critical needs when money for schools is less than adequate? “A school board member went door-to-door asking for support,” Birchwood Superintendent D...
  • /news/columns/2018/the-way-wisconsin-funds-schools-must-change/
    Summary The way Wisconsin pays for schools is unfair, inequitable and antiquated.
    Body The Way Wisconsin Funds Schools Must Change The way Wisconsin pays for schools is unfair, inequitable and antiquated.  Over the past few months, I heard parents, community members, business leaders, teachers, students, and school officials speak ab...
  • /news/columns/2018/rural-school-leaders-schools-in-wisconsin-are-unequal/
    Summary “Where kids live should not determine their education,” rural school administrators told members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform.
    Body Rural School Leaders: Schools in Wisconsin are Unequal “Where kids live should not determine their education,” rural school administrators told members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform. Recently the Commission traveled to Sout...
  • “I’m Counting on You”

    Last edited: 04/17/2018

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    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 qualif...
  • /news/press-releases/2017/increasing-funding-for-voucher-and-charter-schools-comes-at-a-big-cost/
    Summary “I cannot sit idly by while voucher and charter school advocates ask for more money when my rural public schools can barely afford the basics.”
    Body   Increasing Funding for Voucher and Charter Schools Comes at a Big Cost New estimate by LFB shows funding parity price tag is over $100M ALMA, WI - For many years, voucher and charter school advocates sought funding parity while rural schools st...
  • /news/columns/2014/investing-in-wisconsin-for-our-children-for-our-future/
    Summary I climbed aboard the tractor-driven wagon at the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast and nodded to two smiling girls clutching brightly colored balloons. Two families down was a little boy with tears in his eyes. His mother comforted him.
    Body Investing in Wisconsin…For our Children, for our Future I climbed aboard the tractor-driven wagon at the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast and nodded to two smiling girls clutching brightly colored balloons. Two families down was a little boy with tea...
  • /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 Wisconsin Leading the Way in State Cuts to Schools? “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 h...
  • Our Children’s Future

    Last edited: 04/17/2018

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    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 Our Children’s Future 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 ...
  • /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 Legislative Spat Signals Slow Down for Privatized Public Schools “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 ...
  • /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 School Bells Ring: Local Schools See Fewer State Dollars while Private “Voucher” Schools Win Big “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 ...
  • /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 Plan Unveiled to Gradually Privatize Public Schools “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 studen...
  • /news/columns/2014/the-coming-storm-crisis-in-funding-rural-schools/
    Summary “It is well recognized by many, including our legislators, that our equalized aid formula which uses property values as the ‘equalizing factor’…is broken,” testified Alma Superintendent Steve Sedlmayr during a Pepin public hearing.
    Body ​The Coming Storm: Crisis in Funding Rural Schools “It is well recognized by many, including our legislators, that our equalized aid formula which uses property values as the ‘equalizing factor’…is broken,” testified Alma Superintendent Steve Sedlma...
  • /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 Teacher Shortage: Who Will Teach the Children? “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 appl...
  • /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 I agree Governor! Let’s Make Public Schools “Whole” “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 ...
  • /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 surpr...
  • /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 si...
    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 a ...
  • /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 referen...
  • /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, l...
  • School Funding Hits Home

    Last edited: 04/17/2018

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    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 hi...
  • /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 – that ...
  • Who Will Be My Teacher?

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    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, schools...
  • /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 of ...
  • /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)...
    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 50 ...
  • /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 nine...
    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. M...
  • /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 Independent Charter Schools: Siphoning off Public Money to Private Interests “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...
  • /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 Recent School Referenda Pass; Voters Show Strong Support for Local Schools “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 ...
  • /news/columns/2013/local-educators-worst-education-budget-in-30-years/
    Summary “This is the worst budget in over 30 years,” the Chippewa Valley Superintendent told me. “We’ve had worse spending cuts, but not a wholesale change in policy.”
    Body Local Educators: Worst Education Budget in 30 Years “This is the worst budget in over 30 years,” the Chippewa Valley Superintendent told me. “We’ve had worse spending cuts, but not a wholesale change in policy.” Educators worry a dramatic increas...
  • /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 chan...
    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 rigg...
  • /news/columns/2013/is-wisconsin-ready-for-the-corporate-reformers-of-education/
    Summary What was predominately a local school governed by a locally elected school board is poised to become a plethora of choices...All paid for with tax dollars.
    Body Is Wisconsin Ready for the Corporate Reformers of Education “I just don’t understand vouchers, choice, and charter schools,” the man told me. “Could you explain?” Public education is undergoing a radical change. What was predominately a local sch...
  • /news/columns/2013/forum-explores-challenges-facing-public-schools/
    Summary Public education started down the statewide voucher path with the start of the school year across Wisconsin. While things might not look different on the outside, big changes are happening in the state’s public education system
    Body Forum Explores Challenges Facing Public Schools Public education started down the statewide voucher path with the start of the school year across Wisconsin. While things might not look different on the outside, big changes are happening in the sta...
  • /news/columns/2013/does-wisconsin-want-out-of-state-companies-running-schools-with-public-dollars/
    Summary Do we want to encourage out-of-state companies to run local schools with tax dollars? This is the objective of a bill before the Senate Education Committee.
    Body Does Wisconsin Want Out-of-State Companies Running Schools with Public Dollars? Do we want to encourage out-of-state companies to run local schools with tax dollars? This is the objective of a bill before the Senate Education Committee. Katy Vens...
  • /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 Details Buried Deep in Budget Affect Students and Voters “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 atte...
  • /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. C...
  • /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 money o...
    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 of a...
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  • 2016

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  • “I Don’t Have A Clue”

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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    Summary School Play Mirrors Confusion in Assembly Education Committee.
    Body “I Don’t Have A Clue” 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:...
  • /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 pa...
  • /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 chai...
    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 room....