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State Budget Signed

State Budget Signed

As our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network point out: "This budget is a 'down payment' on a path to funding fairness but it's not enough. The advocacy of thousands around the state helped make this a better budget, but it still sells our kids short." We...

Tell the Governor

Tell the Governor

You can contact Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think about the budget on his desk. It spends $130 million less in new aid on schools than the less budget. It doesn't meet the 2/3 funding mark. It cut $900 million from the Governor's...

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State Budget Signed

State Budget Signed

As our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network point out: "This budget is a 'down payment' on a path to funding fairness but it's not enough. The advocacy of thousands around the state helped make this a better budget, but it still sells our kids short." We...

Tell the Governor

Tell the Governor

You can contact Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think about the budget on his desk. It spends $130 million less in new aid on schools than the less budget. It doesn't meet the 2/3 funding mark. It cut $900 million from the Governor's...

Sending out an “SOS” to Wauwatosa

Support Our Schools (SOS) Wauwatosa is a parent-powered, nonpartisan, grassroots non-profit that believes in and advocates for public education in Wauwatosa and throughout Wisconsin. All of our board members are parents of current and former students of the Wauwatosa School District. We are concerned about the ways in which state funding for public schools has been cut and taxpayer money has been diverted from public education to private voucher schools in recent years.

We believe our public schools are the heart of our community. We believe that having neighborhood schools, extensive class choices, and affordable school-based activities are investments in our kids – investments that strengthen Wauwatosa and Wisconsin. Over 80% of Wisconsinites send their kids to public schools and we are confident that these beliefs and values are widely shared throughout the state.

Our Past, Present and Future

SOS Wauwatosa formed in March 2015 in response to the Governor’s proposed two-year budget, which initially called for $127 million in cuts to K-12 public education statewide, after four previous years of drastic cuts. In response, a group of parents came together, chose a name, launched a website and Facebook page, and designed postcards to engage legislators and the media. Fortunately, the final 2015-2017 budget didn’t include the extensive cuts initially proposed. Nevertheless, public school funding did not keep pace with inflation and taxpayer money continued to be diverted from public education to private voucher schools.

In 2016 (a “non-budget year”), SOS Wauwatosa spent time building coalitions with public education advocacy groups across the state; we provided information to our fellow citizens about public schools and the importance of investing in them; and we built our capacity (a new website, database, non-profit status, etc.) so that we could positively influence the next biennial state budget.

Since 2017, some of SOS Wauwatosa’s activities have included:

  • Hosting a Spring Budget Forum
  • Meeting with state legislators locally and attending committee hearings in Madison
  • Delivering snacks to over 1,000 teachers and staff for “I Love My Public Schools Week”
  • Collaborating with public education advocates from across the state
  • Testifying at the Joint Finance Committee and Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
  • Publishing a Voter’s Guide for our local Wauwatosa School Board election (2017 & 2018)
  • Organizing a legislative postcard drive and yard sign drive
  • Speaking with reporters and getting Op-Eds published
  • Speaking at community meetings (PTAs, PTOs, Rotary, League of Women Voters, etc.)

The 2017-2019 State Budget that was signed in October 2017 included increased money for public schools – about $200 per pupil the first year and another $204 the second. We believe our efforts made a difference! However, over the past 6 years, Wisconsin’s spending on public schools dropped below the national average, and only a fraction of the cuts have been restored. Nationwide, there is a movement towards “privatization”, and Wisconsin has been on the forefront of the expansion of taxpayer-funded, minimally accountable voucher schools. Therefore, we remain concerned about the future and are determined to continue our work. We hope you’ll join us!

From Our Blog

State Budget Signed

State Budget Signed

As our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network point out: "This budget is a 'down payment' on a path to funding fairness but it's not enough. The advocacy of thousands around the state helped make this a better budget, but it still sells our kids short." We...

Tell the Governor

Tell the Governor

You can contact Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think about the budget on his desk. It spends $130 million less in new aid on schools than the less budget. It doesn't meet the 2/3 funding mark. It cut $900 million from the Governor's...

In The News

State Budget Signed

State Budget Signed

As our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network point out: "This budget is a 'down payment' on a path to funding fairness but it's not enough. The advocacy of thousands around the state helped make this a better budget, but it still sells our kids short." We...

Tell the Governor

Tell the Governor

You can contact Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think about the budget on his desk. It spends $130 million less in new aid on schools than the less budget. It doesn't meet the 2/3 funding mark. It cut $900 million from the Governor's...

 

From Our Blog

State Budget Signed

As our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network point out: "This budget is a 'down payment' on a path to funding fairness but it's not enough. The advocacy of thousands around the state helped make this a better budget, but it still sells our kids short." We...

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Tell the Governor

You can contact Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 to let him know what you think about the budget on his desk. It spends $130 million less in new aid on schools than the less budget. It doesn't meet the 2/3 funding mark. It cut $900 million from the Governor's...

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Call Out to Representative Rob Hutton

State Representative Rob Hutton: We call on you to introduce amendments to increase per-pupil funding in the State Budget by $350-$400 per year and special education funding to 60% (as you agreed to do on May 3). A vote in favor of the JFC’s current budget proposal...

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March to Madison

Join fellow public school advocates for a 60 mile March to Madison to raise awareness for the need for 60% reimbursement for special education expenses in public schools (instead of the 30% in the proposed JFC budget). March for the full 60 miles, or for a shorter...

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SOS For Public Education

Take time TODAY to call on members of the Joint Finance Committee to vote for an education budget that works for Wisconsin! - 60% Special Education reimbursement- Increased spending with revenue limit increases (not new, gap-widening "per pupil" aid)- Mental health...

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Make your voice heard this week!

Our state and federal representatives are hosting two town halls. State Senator Dale Kooyenga and US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner will be available to answer questions from constituents. Attendees are not required to ask questions, but if you have one, here's your...

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Video: SOS Wauwatosa Spring Budget Forum

Did you miss the budget forum? We've got you covered! Solid information from Dr. Phil Ertl, superintendent of the Wauwatosa School District and UW-Madison education professor Dr. Julie Underwood on how the state budget is written and how school districts are allocated...

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Get to Know Us Event

Come and meet the volunteer leaders of Support Our Schools - Wauwatosa, a parent-led group advocating for fairness in funding at the state level and other issues. This casual get-to-know event will include a short talk about who SOS - Wauwatosa is, why we do what we...

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