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State Budget Still Up in the Air

State Budget Still Up in the Air

The Legislature continues to wrestle with the state budget. This article describes how complex funding education is. Here's more background on the negotiations taking place in...

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools, With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public...

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State Budget Still Up in the Air

State Budget Still Up in the Air

The Legislature continues to wrestle with the state budget. This article describes how complex funding education is. Here's more background on the negotiations taking place in...

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools, With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public...

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, many of which have closed.

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. Since over 80% of Wisconsinites send their kids to public schools, 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. If that budget had passed as proposed, the Wauwatosa School District would have seen a cut of approximately $900,000 and would have had to consider significant and far-reaching changes, including closing schools, reducing the number of courses offered, increasing class sizes, increasing fees for or eliminating athletic and arts activities, etc.

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 2015-2017 budget ultimately didn’t include the extensive cuts initially proposed, but it did include changes that diverted money from public education to private voucher schools.

Throughout 2016, we created a new website and became a 501c(4) non-profit. We recorded short video interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and state leaders, to share positive stories about public education, which can be found on our website. In August 2016, we hosted the Summer Summit of the Wisconsin Public Education Network at Wauwatosa East High School and welcomed nearly 400 advocates from around the state to learn and work together for the benefit of public schools. In October 2016, we hosted a Fall Forum at Wauwatosa West High School to encourage local citizens to learn more about the value of public education and the challenges that lie ahead.

In 2017, we will work hard to continue to share information about issues facing public education and ensure that parents and advocates have a greater voice in the biennial 2017-2019 state budget. We believe in a budget that prioritizes and “supports our schools.” We hope you’ll further explore our website and look for ways to get involved. Thank you.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Video: Parents to Senator Vukmir: “Support Our Schools.”

Parents from Wauwatosa respond to Sen. Leah Vukmir and her column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Her column can be seen here.

From Our Blog

State Budget Still Up in the Air

State Budget Still Up in the Air

The Legislature continues to wrestle with the state budget. This article describes how complex funding education is. Here's more background on the negotiations taking place in...

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools, With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public...

In The News

State Budget Still Up in the Air

State Budget Still Up in the Air

The Legislature continues to wrestle with the state budget. This article describes how complex funding education is. Here's more background on the negotiations taking place in...

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools, With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public...

Take Action

Over the next few months, we’ve got some wonderful things planned. Please join us and stay tuned for other upcoming events!

Wednesday, August 9, all day: Save the Date for the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s 3rd Annual Summer Summit – Lake Mills High School – Lake Mills, WI.

Featuring the WISCONSIN PREMIERE SCREENING of the new film, Backpack Full of Cash, narrated by Matt Damon. Sarah Mondale (director/producer) and Vera Aronow (producer/editor) will join us.

 

 

SOSTosa Video Project

Starting in the spring of 2016, we took to the road to collect stories from parents, business owners, community leaders, educators, and other public school supporters. Highlighting their stories is important because it is a reminder of just how important Wisconsin’s tradition of great public schools is. Here are the most recent videos, but there are more!

SOS Wauwatosa at Joint Finance Hearing

Go Dennis go!!! The Joint Finance Committee heard testimony from Tosa dad, alderman and SOS member Dennis McBride. https://www.facebook.com/noMPStakeover/videos/1255446397903567/

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From Our Blog

State Budget Still Up in the Air

The Legislature continues to wrestle with the state budget. This article describes how complex funding education is. Here's more background on the negotiations taking place in...

read more

Dear Friends of Wisconsin Public Schools

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools, With budget negotiations still stalled, a pile of troubling legislation on deck at the Capitol, and our schools facing more budget uncertainty than ever, the time to unite to stand up for our students and their public...

read more

SOS Wauwatosa is taking its show on the road!

SOS Wauwatosa is taking its show on the road! WPEN--the Wisconsin Public Education Network--is holding a meeting next month in Lake Mills to give organizations like SOS Wauwatosa an opportunity to share tactics and connect in person. Several SOS Wauwatosa members will...

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4th of July

Looking forward to the Tosa East and Tosa West Marching Bands in the Independence Day Parade! See you on North Avenue July 4. (photo credit: Wauwatosa Now)

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Mid-June Legislative Update

As state legislators move closer to passing a budget that will partially restore funding to public schools, we think it’s helpful to return to SOS Wauwatosa’s “three asks”. These are the things we advocate for. We have done our best to summarize our understanding of...

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Article: Nation’s Least-Funded Schools Get What They Pay For

A sobering look at how budget cuts have hurt public education from Governing Magazine. “We are squeezing kids in these classes,” he says. “The teachers have done an excellent job in keeping up. But to be quite honest with you, that’s not something our teachers are...

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