Governor Walker is working to ensure student success across the state by making historic actual-dollar investments into K-12 education – $200 more per student this past year and $204 more per student in the fall.
On top of that, to turn the brain-drain in Wisconsin into brain-gain, the governor is investing in Fab Labs to help students apply their education toward careers close to home. In his latest ad, the governor features the town of Three Lakes in northern Wisconsin and discusses how our bold reforms have helped their community rise up and keep moving forward.
Gov. Walker understands that schools in small towns face a unique set of challenges. But with continued investments in programs like Fab Labs and our increase in Sparsity Aid, the governor knows our smaller communities can win the 21st century.
Education Reform Fact Sheet
Educational leaders from all corners of Wisconsin support Governor Walker’s most recent budget:
- John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards: “This is great news for Wisconsin’s 422 public school districts and the students they serve…The WASB thanks Governor Walker and pledges to work with him to secure support for these investments.”
- State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers: Evers praised Walker’s proposal, describing the plan as a “pro-kid budget” and “an important step forward.” “Overall, his definition of ‘significant’ and mine are really close,” said Evers, who added that Walker’s proposals hit upon the same priorities his budget request sought.
- Justin Moralez of the American Federation for Children, School Choice Wisconsin: “We are pleased with Governor Walker’s major investment in education in his proposed budget…”
- John Forester, School Administrators Alliance: “Budgets are about choices and priorities … we are very pleased that Governor Walker, in his state budget plan, has placed a high priority on the educational needs of Wisconsin’s public school children.”
See below for more information on Gov. Walker’s bold reforms to make historic investments In K-12 classrooms, freeze UW tuition for 6 years in a row, and increase funding for technical college programs:
- With Governor Walker leading the way, Wisconsin has been a top 10 state for high school graduation rates, and in ACT scores for states where all graduates are tested.
- The governor’s Act 10 collective bargaining reforms put taxpayers and local school districts in charge – giving them more freedom and enabling Wisconsin to balance its budget without raising taxes.
- After Scott Walker balanced the budget and sparked Wisconsin’s comeback, we’ve made historic actual-dollar investments in our classrooms – $200 more per student this past school year, and $204 more per student in the fall.
- Under Gov. Walker, the first K-12 Fab Lab was opened in Wisconsin – and in the most recent budget, Governor Walker increased funding for Fab Labs by doubling the investment in these high-technology workshops.
- To keep more of our graduates here at home by equipping them with the skills needed to succeed, Walker has positioned Wisconsin as a national leader in bringing Fab Labs to public schools.
- To help address the unique challenges faced by low-population school districts, including transportation costs, Walker has increased the per-pupil Sparsity Aid amount from $300 to $400 – this is on top of his $11.5 billion investment in K-12 education included in his most recent budget.
- Since Governor Walker took office, the number of youth apprenticeship students has more than doubled.
- Governor Walker created the Early College Credit Program to simplify how high school students can earn college credits.
- To help schools increase and improve technology in their classrooms, the governor increased Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants by $22.5 million in his most recent budget.
- To give more students and their parents the freedom to choose which school best suits their needs, Governor Walker expanded school choice programs throughout the state – building on previous school choice expansions.