From Our Blog
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...
In The News
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....
Marquette Law Poll: 80% of WI says "put more money toward K-12 schools, as Governor Walker has proposed. See our SOS statement: http://www.soswauwatosa.org/statement-from-sos-parents/ See the JSOnline story: http://www.jsonline.com/…/marquette-university-la…/99489304/...
We are an independent, nonpartisan 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.
Why We Advocate
Wauwatosa’s public schools truly are the heart of our community and are the reason why many of us moved to the wonderful neighborhoods of “Tosa”. For generations, Wauwatosa graduates have gone on to be leaders in our community and throughout the state of Wisconsin. They have found success in any number of areas, including business, education, law, health care, the arts and athletics from the board rooms of the nation’s largest corporations to the hardwood of the NBA.
Much of the reason for the success of our schools is the strong community support we provide to them, the excellent teachers that work in them, and the fact that they are accountable to us as citizens. Through a democratically elected school board, taxpayers have a voice and a venue to oversee their success. It is with the tradition of excellence, strong fiscal management and an eye toward the future that we believe the best days of our schools are yet to come.
However, as the knowledge and skills that our children need to find success become more important than ever before, the tradition of the great Wauwatosa schools has been threatened. In recent years, lawmakers in Madison have put their own ideology before data and evidence and have advanced policies that undermine the success of our public schools, our community and are fiscally irresponsible.
As parents of children in the Wauwatosa Schools and members of the community, we stand in support of our public schools and for protecting local control and local taxpayers. We will do so by focusing on facts and evidence rather than talking points and ideology and seek to hold our elected officials accountable for the votes they take in Madison.
What We Advocate For
Public school funding is complicated, and we look forward to sharing information on our website in the coming months about how our public schools are funded, how a parallel system of voucher schools is being funded at great taxpayer expense, and how we have come up with our policy suggestions.
In the meantime, however, we are advancing this simple three–step policy plan for our public schools.
- Increase the state imposed 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.
- Increase state aid and stop efforts at the state level to place more of the costs for funding public schools onto local property taxpayers.
- Pause the statewide voucher school expansion until these schools are held to the same accountability measures as our public schools so that taxpayers can be assured of their performance.