Wisconsin's Opportunity Gap
Advocates and organizers in Wisconsin are currently fighting a proposed statewide expansion of school vouchers. If approved, the program would draw even more funding away from public schools, adding to years of education budget cuts that have left schools unable to provide students with equitable resources and opportunities. What's more, there's no evidence to suggest that "school choice" provides students with a better educational experience. Read more from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future, an OTL ally, here!
The ultimate objective of private school voucher advocates is a statewide system of private school vouchers for all Wisconsin school children. Voucher expansion is not only bad education policy. It is bad fiscal policy as well.Read more >
It’s no longer good enough to just know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget proposal is bad for kids in the state's public schools. Now that you know it, think about telling your friends and neighbors and, equally important, ask your elected representatives to change the plan. Here's how.Read more >
What started as an anemic bump in aid for Wisconsin public schools has been reduced to a pittance through politicized accounting games that are funneling desperately needed funds towards private charter schools and voucher programs. This lack of funding only exacerbates the state's broken school funding system, which has relentlessly widened the gap between the cost of quality education and the state’s share of that cost, resulting in decades of underfunding.Read more >
Tying school funding to performance and making repeated allusions to the mythical Free Market Fairy don't constitute systemic, supports-based reform. That's a nonsensical proposal that presumes that staff in high-needs schools are failing because educators lack the motivation or know-how to help students succeed. Let's stop fooling ourselves and start provide students, teachers and schools with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.Read more >
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has unveiled a funding proposal for K-12 public education that will weaken schools and diminish opportunities for students. After years of devastating cuts to the education budget, general aid will be increased by only $129.2 million – hardly making a dent in the $1 billion in cut over the last two budgets alone.Read more >
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