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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...

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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

Advisory: Experts to Explain “How State Budget Could Affect Kids and Their Public Schools”

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.

ABOUT SOS WAUWATOSA:

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)

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