Thanks to Governor Walker’s bold reforms, Wisconsin is putting more money into our classrooms, making historic investments in education, increasing funding for technical college programs and freezing UW tuition for 6 years in a row.
In his new ad, Jeanie, a recently retired public school teacher, talks about how Gov. Walker’s reforms have provided the tools necessary to turn around Wisconsin schools and benefit our students.
Get the Facts
- With Governor Walker leading the way, Wisconsin is a top 10 state for high school graduation rates, and in ACT scoresfor 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 been able to make record actual-dollar investment in our schools– $200 more per student this past school year, and $204 more per student in the fall.
- To help address the unique challenges faced by low-population school districts, 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.
- 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.
- Since Governor Walker took office, the number of youth apprenticeship students has more than doubled.
- In the most recent budget, Governor Walker increased funding for Fab Labs, more than doubling the investment in these high-technology workshops.
- Governor Walker created the Early College Credit Programto simplify how high school students can earn college credits.
- 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.
What They’re Saying
- 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.”