Scott Walker’s Report Card Shows Failing Grade

Gov. Scott Walker is known for setting records, just not the kind his parents could be proud of.

Between 2011 and 2013, the Wisconsin governor cut public school funding by more per student than any other governor in the nation. His cuts totaled $1.6 billion during two years, reducing the revenue limit per student by 5.5 percent, the first time revenue caps were ever decreased.

With these massive cuts, 25 percent of Wisconsin’s schools reported increasing their kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade class sizes, while 33 percent of schools increased class sizes for children in fourth through sixth grades.

But it doesn’t end there.  Twenty-six percent of school districts cut special education staff, 27 percent of districts cut library and media center staff and 16 percent cut drug and alcohol abuse staff.

We already reported that despite Walker’s promise to create 250,000 new jobs, Wisconsin is dead-last in job creation in the Midwest. Now his disturbing cuts in education. And somehow he managed to find money for a tax deduction of up to $10,000 that benefits millionaires who send their kids to elite private schools.

Watch this video to learn more.

RVP on WORT

Over the last 18 months, We Are Wisconsin has been hard at work, on the ground and in the field. We’ve been building coalitions, training leaders and helping them create positive, progressive action in their communities. Over the last 6 weeks, we’ve been hiring staff and sending them to places all over the state, to continue this hard work.

Today our Field Director, Jonathan Levine, was on WORT Radio’s 8 O’Clock Buzz in Madison to talk about our work, and our RVP 2.0 Program.   RVP is one of the most effective and dynamic field outreach programs there is, and it’s exciting to see it develop and pick up steam.  If you’re unfamiliar, check out our RVP tab for more details and to sign up for a training.

You can find the show here, and you can stream it live or download it and listen to it at your own convince. The whole hour is great, but if you don’t have that time, the interview starts at about 12 minutes in.

 

Thanks, and you can expect more regular updates here going forward.

Say No to Vouchers, Wisconsin

If ever you wanted to act to save our public schools, now is the time! The Joint Finance committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 10am in Madison to vote to take money away from public schools and give it to private voucher schools in Wisconsin.

We need you to contact each and every member of the Joint Finance Committee (found here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc/Pages/default.aspx) and deliver loudly and clearly a very simple message:

-Revenue limits must be increased by at least $275 per student so that we can start filling the hole in resources created by cuts in the 2011-13 budget and begin reinvesting in our public school children.
-Take all items related to private school vouchers, for-profit charters, and the charter authorizing board out of the budget because they are policy items, have nothing to do with the state’s finances, and deserve separate and open debate.

Join us tomorrow in Madison at the Capitol at 10am. Please don’t forget to pass along this message and ask your friends, colleagues, neighbors to act now. Direct them to Say No To Vouchers to learn more.

Support our public schools, say no to Wisconsin school vouchers. At a time of tight resources, put our Wisconsin public schools first.