Under Governor Walker’s leadership, we’re putting students first and making record investments in our classrooms. By empowering families and school districts, Gov. Walker has made historic actual-dollar investments into K-12 education including $200 more per student this school year and another $204 more per student in the fall.
In his latest budget, Wisconsin increased Sparsity Aid for rural school districts to ensure student success regardless of zip code. In addition, Gov. Walker froze UW System tuition 6 years running to make college more affordable for students and families.
With Gov. Walker leading the way, Wisconsin is on a comeback. As a result of our success we’ve been able to make historic investments in priorities that will keep our state moving forward and help Wisconsin win the 21st century.
What They’re Saying
Educators 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 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.”
Get the Facts
See below for more information on Gov. Walker’s bold reforms to direct more money into our classrooms, make historic investments in education, 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 – with a 2016 high school graduation rate of 88.2 percent and the third highest average ACT scores in 2017.
- 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 a record investment in our schools – $200 more per student this school year, and $204 more per student in the fall.
- Since Governor Walker has taken 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 Program to 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.