WAUWATOSA, WI – As Governor Walker and legislators debate in Madison about the state budget, concerned Wisconsin parents are wondering if their child’s local public school will have enough resources to educate and innovate.

On Monday, March 20, a group of school finance experts, public school advocates and parents will gather to raise concerns about the state budget’s impact on Wisconsin kids and their public schools. Titled “How will the state budget affect our public schools?” the forum’s expert panel will include:

  • Phil Ertl, Wauwatosa School District Superintendent
  • Jeff Pertl, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Senior Policy Advisor
  • Chris Thiel, Milwaukee Public Schools Legislative Policy Specialist
  • Marva Herndon, Schools & Communities United Member

The event is co-sponsored by Support Our Schools Wauwatosa (SOS) and the Jefferson Elementary School PTA.

To learn more or to RSVP, please visit:

WHAT: “How will the state budget affect our public schools?” Spring budget forum
WHO: Sponsored by Support Our Schools Wauwatosa (SOS) and the Jefferson Elementary School PTA
WHEN: Monday, March 20, 7 to 9 pm
WHERE: Longfellow Middle School, 7600 North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI
WHY: Wisconsin has cut about $1 out of every $8 that it spends supporting students in K-12 schools since 2008, a cut larger than all but three other states. Wisconsin’s cuts to K-12 schools were larger than all but three other U.S. states.


SOS is an independent, non­partisan, parent-powered citizen group that advocates for quality public education in Wauwatosa and in the state of Wisconsin. SOS believes that public schools are the heart of Wisconsin’s communities. We are dedicated to the educational success of all children through strong family and community engagement in our public schools. SOS supports the Wauwatosa School District and its excellent teachers, and will work with the District to advocate for quality public education and appropriate funding for public schools in Wauwatosa and throughout Wisconsin. We will communicate accurate and timely information to parents and community members about what Wisconsin’s public schools need to thrive.

SOS urges the state legislature to:

1. Increase the state­imposed revenue cap so districts can make decisions locally about how much money they want to spend per student and the types of programs they want to offer in their district.
2. Increase state aid and stop efforts at the state level to place more of the costs for funding public schools onto local property taxpayers.
3. Pause the statewide voucher school expansion until these schools are held to the same high standards as our public schools so that taxpayers can be assured of their performance and safety.

To learn more, visit http://www.soswauwatosa.org

CONTACT: Shawn Rolland, 414-795-5971 (cell)