16 pages have the tag Education: Public

  • “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...
  • /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/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/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/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...
  • /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 ...
  • /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/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/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/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...