MTI, Madison school district and Dane County leaders ask state to provide the supports needed for safe schools

Leaders of Madison Teachers Inc., the Madison school district and Dane County have asked Governor Walker and the Legislature to listen to students and our communities and address school safety by focusing on how we can support students and schools.

The governor has called on the Legislature to conduct a special session on school safety and has introduced a package of safety provisions. (Compare the governor’s plan to WEAC’s Safe Schools Solutions.)

In a letter the governor and legislators, the Madison and Dane County leaders noted that the governor’s school safety proposal “lacks any common sense gun safety provisions like universal background checks in order to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

“We ask that you listen to our students and our communities by putting forth a proposal with a long term commitment to school safety, with common sense safety legislation on guns, and wraparound services for our students,” they wrote. “School safety is not a political issue – please start listening to our students and local communities and provide the support our students deserve.”

Read the entire letter:

Governor Walker and Legislators,

We are writing to voice our collective concern about the Governor’s proposal for school safety. In recent days, our students have made it clear that we need to act. The proposal, unfortunately, is out of touch with what we have all heard our communities and our students ask for.

School districts are constantly reviewing and improving systems for school safety. While we appreciate funds being made available for safety improvements, we need the same, long-term commitment from the state, which requires more than one time funding during an election year. The proposal also lacks any common sense gun safety provisions like universal background checks in order to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and instead gives authority for distributing funds to our Attorney General, who believes it is a good idea to arm teachers.

We ask that you listen to our students and our communities by putting forth a proposal with a long term commitment to school safety, with common sense safety legislation on guns, and wraparound services for our students. School safety is not a political issue – please start listening to our students and local communities and provide the support our students deserve.

Sincerely,

James Howard, Madison School Board President

Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent

Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive

Douglas Keilor, Exectutive Director, MTI

Andy Waity, MTI President

Kerry Motoviloff, MTI Board Member