One Wisconsin Now proposes ‘Tomorrow Wisconsin’ progressive economic agenda

As Wisconsin families feel the pinch of stagnant wages and rising costs of things like child care and student loan debt, state progressives are rallying around a positive, forward looking economic agenda. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the progressive plan – titled Tomorrow Wisconsin – offers a much different vision for Wisconsin than that of Governor Scott Walker and his cohorts, who have stood in the way of progress and are taking billions of dollars away from priorities like schools and roads to give to the corporations and the wealthy.

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Public school supporters call for results at final School Funding Commission hearing

Wisconsin public education supporters united at the Capitol Monday to send a final message to members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which is holding the last of its statewide tour of public hearings in Madison. “We believe every student in every public school in Wisconsin deserves equal access and equal opportunity to receive an equally excellent public education,” said Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director of Wisconsin Public Education Network. “The state is not currently meeting this obligation. To do so, our public school districts and community members have made clear their needs for a funding formula that is predictable, sustainable, transparent, and adequate to meet student needs.”

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Legislative Update – May 29 – What’s next for the School Funding Commission?

WEAC members for the past half-year spoke up at a series of legislative public hearings about the resources we need to adequately teach our students, and now leaders of the panel holding the forums are talking about what may come next. The final hearing is set Monday, June 4, in Madison. The co-chairs of the commission say they may address critical issues such as declining enrollment and special education reimbursements. Particularly telling was that Republicans Senator Luther Olsen and Representative Joel Kitchens don’t anticipate they’ll touch school vouchers or open enrollment – both topics they said were in the scope of their work when the commission formed in December.

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Legislative Update – May 4

Rep. Katrina Shankland from central Wisconsin has asked for and received a Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis on how local control has taken a step backward under the current legislative leadership. Shankland said the Republicans have voted 180 times to restrict local control, calling it “a disregard for local leaders who were also elected.” In just the last legislative session, the majority voted for 23 changes in the budget and 29 changes as separate legislation usurping local control.

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