Wisconsin earns a dismal grade of ‘D’ for its commitment to public education, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Network for Public Education. Wisconsin – which was given a Grade Point Average of 1.83 – received a ‘D’ for spending taxpayer resources wisely and a ‘C’ for resistance to privatization, professionalization of teaching, school finance, no high stakes testing, and chance for success.
The analysis measures underlying factors that support a strong system of public education. It does not measure performance of students or educators, who by almost all accounts do a remarkable job within a system that fails to support their efforts.
Network for Public Education Co-Founder and President Diane Ravitch writes:
Our report, Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card, evaluates how well each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia support their public schools, based on objective and measurable factors aligned with our values. We promote specific policies that will help make our public schools vibrant and strong—a well-trained, professional teaching force, adequate and equitable funding wisely spent, and policies that give all students a better opportunity for success. …
It is our hope as advocates for public education that this report will rally parents, educators, and other concerned citizens to strengthen their commitment to public schools. It is time to turn away from policies that are clearly harmful to children. Sustaining our system of free, equitable and democratically-controlled public schools that serve all children, we believe, is the civil rights issue of our time.
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