9 pages have the tag Public Schools

    /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...

    “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...