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NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways. Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools:  "the evidence from those studies with...

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NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways. Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools:  "the evidence from those studies with...

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

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways. Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools:  "the evidence from those studies with...

In The News

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways. Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools:  "the evidence from those studies with...

Take Action

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

May 2, 10, 16, 24: Table at Wauwatosa Library, 7635 West North Avenue. Get your SOS postcards and yard sign!

 

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

NPR Series on Private Voucher Schools

NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways. Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools:  "the evidence from those studies with...

read more

Meeting notice: New voucher school

A proposal will be in front of the Wauwatosa Plan Commission on Monday for Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School to use the school building at St. Pius X (2520 N. 76th St.) for its new school. The school will be an all-boys off-shoot of Wisconsin Lutheran High School; the...

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Get your SOS Postcards!

Here's an easy way to let state legislators know you support strong public schools in Wisconsin: send a postcard! To request a supply to share and sign, email SOS at info@soswauwatosa.org.

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No Time to Lose

SOS has a similar rallying cry to one in a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures: "Never, never give up on students." Read more about recommendations on how to improve education presented in Madison in this story in today's Milwaukee...

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Public School Advocates in the Media

SOS Wauwatosa counterparts statewide are voicing their support for a state budget that restores funding to public schools. Here's a place for you to see how pro-public school messages are being covered in the media....

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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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State Budget Pop Quiz

POP QUIZ. The state promised to reimburse local school districts for 66% of the costs for special education. Guess how much they actually reimburse. 26%! Guess who pays for the remainder. Us! That's why SOS member Jane Miller testified to the legislature asking them...

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