Evers calls for more equitable school funding, better pay for teachers

Several hundred supporters of public schools attended the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit Tuesday in Wauwatosa.

Several hundred supporters of public schools attended the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit Tuesday in Wauwatosa.

State Superintendent Tony Evers spoke out Tuesday for more equitable state funding of public schools and better pay for teachers.

Saying he is concerned about teacher shortages in some districts, he said:

“I think it’s about money. I think teachers are underpaid. And second of all, the kind of dysfunctional dialogue we have about public schools, where it always seems to turn to the teachers as the villains here. That’s a national issue, but I think it’s amplified here in Wisconsin.”

Evers, speaking at the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit in Wauwatosa, said inadequate state funding of schools is forcing local districts to increasing go to referendum to finance needed programs and services. Overall, he said, voters are supporting the referendums.

“And the reason we’re passing referenda is because people like you all across the state, are saying, ‘this is b.s,’ we have to support our schools, if the state is not,” he said.

However, referendums are less likely to succeed in poorer districts, creating increased inequities, he said, and leading to a system of “haves” and “have-nots”.

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