FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       February 2, 2017

Contact: Representative Ron Tusler (608) 266-5831




Representative Ron Tusler Applauds Governor’s K-12 Education Plan

HILBERT – Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) believes funding for rural K-12 schools is a priority and is pleased to see that support in Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget proposal.

“I am very excited about the Governor’s education plan. This will help rural schools attract and retain talented teachers and supply students with the tools needed to learn in the 21st century.” Tusler joined the Governor at Hilbert High School yesterday for the announcement.

The proposal increases Teacher Training Grants through Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) by $22.5 million and the Broadband Expansion Grant program by $13 million. School districts would be able to apply for grant funding for mobile hotspots that could be used by students for homework on the bus and at home.

“Increased funding for Teacher Training Grants and the Broadband Expansion Grant program will help teachers incorporate more technology in the classroom and let students do homework,” said Rep. Tusler.

Under the Governor’s proposal, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation would allocate $1 million over the two-year budget to the Fabrication Laboratories Grant Program.

“Supporting these school “fab labs” is critical if we are going to prepare Wisconsin students for good paying jobs in Wisconsin manufacturing and technology fields. Brillion High School has an exemplary program that we need to encourage, support and extend to students across our state.”

Representative Ron Tusler represents Wisconsin’s 3rd Assembly District which includes the eastern part of Appleton, Kimberly, Little Chute and the western half of Calumet County.