NEA President: Obama budget rightly shines spotlight on education, students

“President Barack Obama’s budget rightly shines a spotlight on education and students for the eighth year in a row. Educators appreciate and welcome the additional investments in public education,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “However,” she added, “we are concerned that the budget doesn’t go far enough with investments to create more opportunity for all students, regardless of their ZIP code, especially as we shift our attention towards the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

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Wisconsin gets a ‘D’ for its commitment to public education

Wisconsin earns a dismal grade of ‘D’ for its commitment to public education, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Network for Public Education. Wisconsin – which was given a Grade Point Average of 1.83 – received a ‘D’ for spending taxpayer resources wisely and a ‘C’ for resistance to privatization, professionalization of teaching, school finance, no high stakes testing, and chance for success.

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Wisconsin has made larger cuts to education than all but a few states

Wisconsin has cut about $1 out of every $8 that it spends supporting students in K-12 schools, a cut larger than all but three other states, according to a new report. Wisconsin cut state general funding for K-12 schools by 12.7% per student between 2008 and 2016 after adjusting for inflation, with only Oklahoma, Alabama, and Arizona making larger cuts.

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Eau Claire School Board sharply denounces bill that would restrict referendums

The Eau Claire School Board on Monday unanimously approved a resolution sharply denouncing a bill now before the Legislature that would severely restrict the ability of school districts to raise needed funds through local referendums. “I’m appalled that our legislators want to take away one of our tools of operation,” said board member Kathryn Duax.

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