Joint Finance Committee passes education budget that provides just a fraction of what Evers has requested

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Thursday voted – 11-4 along party lines – to advance an education budget providing a fraction of what Governor Tony Evers proposed: a $500 million increase, versus the $1.4 billion Evers has proposed in his People’s Budget. “Politicians don’t stand face-to-face with children who need extra help,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They don’t spend hours in the evening communicating with families to make the difference for students. They don’t accept declining pay and benefits and increasing stress for the privilege to educate. But we do.”

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Voucher and charter schools ‘open the door for discrimination,’ report finds

Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures should adopt laws and regulations that make it clear that private schools and charter schools receiving public tax dollars must “operate in non-discriminatory ways” and cannot exclude some populations from employment and enrollment, according recommendations of a new policy brief. The brief – “How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination” – was co-written by Julie F. Mead, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was funded in part by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

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With a new record for approving referendums, Wisconsin residents sent a strong message in 2018 that they support their public schools

Wisconsin residents made it very clear in 2018 that they stand behind their public schools and will do whatever it takes to support them. After years of state funding reductions by the Republican Legislature and the about-to-be-former Republican governor, voters went to the polls in droves to make up for the lack of state funding by approving a record number of local school referendums. According to a new report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, voters this year signed off on a record $2 billion-plus in debt and revenue increases for local schools. The approval rate was 90 percent.

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Most schools and districts meet expectations on 2017-18 report cards

An increasing percentage of public and private schools and public school districts met expectations on report cards issued for the 2017-18 school year compared to the prior year. Overall, 83.7 percent of rated schools meet or exceed expectations as did 96.4 percent of the state’s 422 public school districts. 

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Voters overwhelmingly pass school referendums totaling over $1 billion

Wisconsin voters on Tuesday sent a clear message that they strongly support their public schools, passing 19 of the 20 largest local school referendums on the ballot, totaling over $1 billion. Overall, voters statewide approved 77 of the 82 referendums, totaling $1.3 billion. “Voters came out in droves to support their public schools,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They passed referendums to make up for what the governor and majority in the Legislature refused to fund, and they elected an educator to lead our state. This is a mandate to make education a priority again in Wisconsin.”

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