WEAC statement on governor’s suggestion that schools operate like the NFL


June 28, 2016
Contact: Christina Brey

The following statement was issued today by Betsy Kippers, teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, following comments by the state’s governor that schools operate like a professional sports industry.

“The governor got the call wrong in suggesting our children’s futures are a game to be won or lost. Wisconsin students need stability, not a revolving door of teachers. He and his followers have gutted public school funding by $1 billion, leaving communities unable to attract qualified staff, safe schools and up-to-date materials for students. It’s time politicians wake up and take responsibility for the long-term damage they’ve done to our schools instead of blowing hot air. The answer to attracting and keeping caring, qualified educators in our schools is fair pay and professional respect.”