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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...

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Release: Wauwatosa Parents to Joint Finance Committee: Do the Right Thing for Our Kids’ Schools

Release: Wauwatosa Parents to Joint Finance Committee: Do the Right Thing for Our Kids’ Schools

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will soon consider public schools as part of the biennial state budget. Stacy Racine Lynch, President of Support Our Schools (SOS) Wauwatosa, a non-partisan group of Wauwatosa parents who have come together to advocate for local public schools, released the following statement:

“As parent advocates of Wauwatosa schools and public schools across the state, we have consistently made three asks: 1) increase the state­-imposed revenue cap so districts can make decisions locally regarding how much money they want to spend per student and the types of programs they want to offer; 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; and 3) pause the statewide voucher school expansion until these schools are held to the same accountability measures as our public schools, so taxpayers can be assured of their performance.

As it relates to our first ask, we are pleased the State Assembly has introduced language to partially address this issue by raising the low revenue limit ceiling that impacts some Wisconsin districts. While this is not the comprehensive revenue limit fix we seek, we support this measure and know that it has the potential to help many districts throughout the state. In the future, we hope that more will be done.

Related to our second ask, we have been advocating for an increase of $300 per pupil, per year. Nevertheless, we appreciate Governor Walker’s budget proposal, which includes an increase of $200 in per-pupil aid in the first year, and an additional $204 in the second year. It is a step in the right direction, especially in light of the significant cuts to public education made by the Governor and State Legislature in the last three biennial budgets.

Finally, we continue to be concerned about the expansion of taxpayer-funded private voucher schools and call on the Legislature to pause the expansion until equal accountability is attained.

We love our public schools and care about all of the kids in Wisconsin. We are urging our state legislators to do the right thing for our kids’ schools.”

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For more information about SOS Wauwatosa, visit http://www.SOSWauwatosa.org or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soswauwatosa.

Contact: Aileen Smith, 414-241-7483

Release: Statement from SOS President re: Marquette Poll on K-12 funding support

The following is a statement from Support Our Schools President Stacy Racine-Lynch re: the Marquette Law School Poll findings released today showing that 80% of Wisconsinites support increased state funding for K-12 schools:

 

“The Marquette Poll proves what we’ve known all along: Wisconsin believes in funding exceptional public schools for our kids. The people are saying, ‘Let’s make K-12 and our kids the top priority in the budget,’ but are our leaders listening?”

 

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

 

To learn more about the Marquette Law School Poll, visit: http://law.marquette.edu/current-students/issues-marquette-law-school-march-poll-0

 

ABOUT SOS WAUWATOSA:

 

SOS is 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.

 

Learn more at http://www.SOSWauwatosa.org

 

Contact: Shawn Rolland, 414-795-5971

 

 

Release: Worried K-12 parents will advocate to Sen. Vukmir, Reps. Kooyenga & Hutton at Tuesday town hall in Brookfield

Concerned K-12 public school parents from Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee will rally on Tuesday evening at a planned legislator town hall hosted by State Senator Leah Vukmir and State Representatives Dale Kooyenga and Rob Hutton.
At a legislator town hall last week in Wauwatosa, Mr. Kooyenga refused to commit support for a $200 per pupil increase in 2018 and a $204 per pupil increase in 2019 proposed in Governor Scott Walker’s state budget.
“I was disappointed and concerned with manyof his answers,” says Stacy Lynch, a Wauwatosa mom and President of Support Our Schools Wauwatosa (SOS). “When asked if he would pledge, at a minimum, to support the amount of money that Republican Governor Scott Walker put in his proposed budget for public schools this year, Rep. Kooyenga said ‘no.'”
 
Attendees can learn more and RSVP on the SOS Wauwatosa event listing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1333679923392449/
 
WHO/WHAT: Concerned public school parents will gather to attend a Legislator Town Hall with State Senator Leah Vukmir, and State Representatives Dale Kooyenga and Rob Hutton
 
WHEN: On Tuesday, March 21 at 6 pm
 
WHERE: The Brookfield Public Safety Building, 2011 N. Calhoun Road in Brookfield
 
WHY: Governor Scott Walker has proposed a $200 per pupil increase in K-12 funding in 2018, and a $204 per pupil increase in 2019. Rep. Dale Kooyenga refused to commit support for that funding increase at a legislator town hall last week. 
 
Governor Walker and the state legislature has made large cuts to K-12 public school funding; in fact, there has been a cumulative decrease of $2.6 billion over the past 6 years, according to the Wisconsin Budget Project. 
 
ABOUT SOS WAUWATOSA:
 

SOS is 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.

Learn more at http://www.SOSWauwatosa.org

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Contact: Shawn Rolland, 414-795-5971